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Earliest Settlers: Marshfield, Massachusetts, 1643

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  • Maurice Trufant (1606 - 1685)
    Various spellings. Trouant. Settled on Trouant Island (still recognized by that spelling) Birth date 1616 in England not verified. Deed signed by Myles Standish has Maurice/Morris's mark only indicatin...
  • Capt. Nathaniel Thomas, Jr. (1643 - 1716)
    Added by Elwin C. Nickerson about my Great Grandfather: Appointed Captain - Light Horse Afoot Troops " King Philips War" Ensign Jonathan Sparrow (LT. second in command). . Plymouth colony Records/ Fami...
  • Mary Standish (1638 - 1655)
    Name: Mary Dingly Sex: F Birth: AFT 1637 Death: 1 JUL 1655 in Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, New England Father: J OHN DINGLEY * b: ABT 1608 in of Cropthorne, Worcester, England Mot...
  • John Dingley, of Marshfield (c.1608 - c.1690)
    NOT the son of Francis Dingley in Charlton and Elizabeth Bigge. Much mistaken ancestry has been given to John and Sarah. Most recent and well-documented data is in "John Dingley of Marshfield (MA) an...
  • John Carver, Jr. (1661 - 1724)
    John Carver was brought up by his grandfather William Ford, as mentioned by his other grandfather, Robert Carver. Source The Children of John Carver of Marshfield, Mass. NEHGS 119 (1965), 92-94
  • from: From The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 7 [July, 1853], pages 276-278

About the year 1632, the inconvenience of going to Plymouth (about 12 miles) for everything being very great, a few precincts were formed, which were subsequently incorporated into towns. To prevent as much as possible a removal of the better sort of persons from Plymouth, it was thought advisable to apportion some of the remotely situated land to such special persons as would promise not to remove, but who would cultivate it by servants in their employ, as farms. Allotments were therefore made of land at a place called Green's Harbor, where no grants had ever been made.


This constituted the beginning of the town of Marshfield; which, although it contained a very fair proportion of the intelligent members of the colony, was not incorporated until sometime afterwards.


  • List of Freemen of 1643, the earliest settlers:
  1. Rev Edw Buckley
  2. Mr Thomas Burne
  3. John Dingley
  4. Mr Nathaniell Thomas
  5. Mr. Wm Thomas
  6. John Russell
  7. Thom Shillingsworth
  8. Robte Waterman
  9. Mr Edward Winslow
  10. Josias Winslow
  11. Kanelme Winslow

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from: Lysander Richard's History of Marshfield, The Online Edition, Volume II, Chapters I & III - Families

  • Alden
  • Ames or Eames
  • Baker
  • Bates
  • Bourne
  • Carver
  • Church
  • Clift
  • Damon
  • Emery
  • Ewell
  • Ford
  • Gardner
  • Hagar
  • Hall
  • Hatch
  • Henry
  • Keene
  • Kent
  • Lapham
  • Leonard
  • Little
  • Macomber
  • Nelson
  • Oakman
  • Peterson
  • Phillipsw
  • Porter
  • Richards
  • Rogers
  • Sherman
  • Sprague
  • Sylvester
  • Thomas
  • Tilden
  • Tolman
  • Trouant
  • White
  • Whiting
  • Willad
  • Williamson
  • Winslow
  • Wright

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