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Early Settlers of Hingham, Massachusetts

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  • Nathaniel Baker, of Hingham (1614 - 1682)
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  • James Buck, of Hingham (1612 - 1646)
    James BUCK died on April 24, 1646 in Hingham, MA. He was born in England. James Buck, Hingham,1638. Came over in the DILIGENT that same year with one servant, John Morfield, from Old Hingham, England. ...

Hingham is one of the oldest towns in Massachusetts. There were settlers here as early as 1633. Its first name was Bearcove or Barecove, perhaps due to , the exposure of almost its entire harbor at low tide. It was incorporated on Sept. 2, 1635, only eleven towns being incorporated earlier.

In 1638, one hundred and thirty-three persons came over in the ship 'Diligent,' of Ipswich, and settled in Hingham, Prior to that date, between 1633 and 1638, forty-two persons were granted land in Hingham. Thus, by the end of 1638, there were one hundred and seventy-five settlers. All total, two hundred and six persons came out of Norfolk (chiefly from Hingham, and its vicinity) from 1633 to 1639, and settled in this Hingham

In fact, while the number two handred and six persons was based on a statement from the third town clerk of Hingham, there was a much larger number of settlers here in 1639. They undoubtedly came in from other places

Many of the first settlers removed to other places during the militia difficulties which occurred within a few years after the settlement of the town; and a considerable number had previously obtained lands at Rehoboth.

List of Early Settlers

Land grants in 1635:

1636:

In 1637

  • Thomas Barnes
  • Josiah Cobbit
  • Thomas Chaffe
  • Thomas Clapp
  • William Carlslye (or Carsly)
  • Thomas Dimock
  • Vinton Dreuce
  • Thomas Hett
  • Thomas Joshlin
  • Aaron Ludkin
  • John Morrick
  • Thomas Nichols
  • Thomas Paynter
  • Edmund Pitts
  • Joseph Phippeny
  • Thomas Shave
  • Ralph Smith
  • Thomas Turner
  • John Tower
  • Joseph Underwood
  • William Ludkin
  • Jonathan Bozworth

In 1638 there was a considerable increase of the number of settlers. Among them were:

  • Mr. Robert Peck
  • Joseph Peck
  • Edward Gilman
  • John Foulsham
  • Henry Chamberlain
  • Stephen Gates
  • George. Knights
  • Thomas Cooper
  • Matthew Cushing
  • John Beal, Jr.
  • Francis James
  • Philip James
  • James Buck
  • Stephen Payne
  • William Pitts
  • Edward Michell
  • John Sutton
  • Stephen Lincoln
  • Samuel Parker
  • Thomas Lincoln, husbandman
  • Jeremiah Moore
  • Mr. Henry Smith
  • Bozoan Allen
  • Matthew Hawke
  • William Ripley

All of those preceding, who came to this country in 1638, took passage in the ship 'Diligent,' of Ipswich, John Martin, master. In addition to these, the following named persons received grants of land in the year 1638, viz.:

1639:

  • Anthony Hilliard, land grant
  • John Prince, land grant
  • Hewett (Huet), mentioned in Hobart's Diary
  • Liford, mentioned in Hobart's Diary

Later:

  • Burr, 1646
  • Jams Whiton, 1647
  • John Lazell, 1649
  • Samuel Stowell, 1649
  • Garnett, 1653
  • Canterbury, 1653

Sources

  1. From History of Hingham published 1893, pages 201-209 OCRed and editing by David Blackwell and Lisa Whiting 1998.