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Early Families of Scituate, Massachusetts

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  • Thomas Chambers (1587 - 1666)
    Richardene first married Thomas Curtis, secondly to Thomas Chambers . Thomas Chambers emigrated to Scituate with his wife Richardene, widow of Thomas Curtis, and his step children (children of Thomas a...
  • Samuel Curtis (1659 - 1742)
    6737. Samuel Curtis was born in 1659 in Scituate, MA.24 Samuel was baptized in the Second Church of Scituate, on 4 Sep 1670.48 Samuel was called “Samuel son of Thomas Curtis of York” in...
  • Mary Tilden (1644 - 1705)
  • Elizabeth Tilden (c.1618 - 1663)
    1713. Elizabeth Bourne. Born ca 1618. Elizabeth died in Dec 1663 in Marshfield, MA. Buried on 12 Dec 1663 in Marshfield, MA.56 From On 11 Dec 1638 Elizabeth first married Robert Waterman in Marshfi...
  • Dea. Joseph Tilden (1615 - 1670)
    Joseph Tilden came from England on the Hercules in 1635 with his father Joseph in Scituate readily took up church activities of his father. He married Elizabeth (Ellice) Twisdsen and made a new home ...

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.

Resources

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.