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Early Families of Scituate, Massachusetts

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  • Lurana Howard (1815 - 1908)
    Born Mar. 11, 1815 in Scituate, Providence County, Rhode Island and died on Aug. 18, 1908 in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island. Her parents were Samuel Wilbur (1766 - 1853) and Elizabeth Whip...
  • Mary Witherell (1604 - 1684)
    She died before March 29, 1684, ie before her husband made his will, I believe. -------------------- William Wetherell married at St. Mildred, Canterbury, Kent, 26 Mar 1627 (license) Mary Fisher, d...
  • Rev. William Witherell (1602 - 1684)
    William came with Mary, 3 children and l servant, in the ship "Hercules" from Sandwich in 1635, under a certificate dated Mar 14, 1635, from the mayor of Maidstone, England, where he was a schoolmaster...
  • Mary Oldham (c.1635 - 1710)
    Mary Witherell, b. say 1635; m. Scituate, 20 Nov 1656, Thomas Oldham {1635, Duxbury}. Daughter of Rev. William Witherell & Mary Fisher: They came from Maidstone, Kent, to Massachusetts Bay in 1635 (o...
  • Thomas Oldham, Jr. (1624 - 1712)
    Married in 1656. Died in 1711. Children: Mary, Thomas, Sarah, Hannah, Grace, Isaac, Ruth, Elizabeth, Lydia (Sources: History of Scituate, Massachusetts by Samuel Deane; Records of the Colony of New...

Scituate, Massachusetts is a small town on the South Shore of Massachusetts, south of Boston and northwest of the start of Cape Cod. It was first resettled by Europeans starting in 1623, with major resettlement beginning in 1627 and 1628 under the jurisdiction of the General Court at Plymouth. By 1636, it was developed enough to begin managing some of its own affairs.

31 of the earliest families in Scituate came from Kent, England, representing the largest group. Many of these families were from Tenterden and lived on Kent Street in Scituate. A large number also came as partners in the land tract distribution arranged by the Conahasset (or Conihasset) Partnership. Others were followers of Rev. John Lothrup, who went to Scituate after Plymouth and Boston prior to that. Several of the families ended up moving to help resettle Barnstable in 1639. At least two of the early households were led by women.

The Scituate Historical Society maintains a list of Early Scituate Families from the period of 1623-1640. That list can be found below and serves the basis for our project. Other families, however, that settled in town pre-1700 are warmly welcomed into the project.


Two helpful resources on-line are:

SHS List of Early Families

Please note: The list only covers heads of households. Other family members should of course be added.