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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...
  • William Ford, of Marshfield (c.1604 - 1676)
    Source: 'ancestry.com: William Ford Found 10 Records, 10 Photos and 3,135,857 Family Trees Born in London, England on 1612 to William Ford and Martha Ford. William married Anna Eames and had 5 children...
  • Sarah Ford (1639 - 1727)
    Sarah Dingley, the second child and second daughter of John and Sarah (–) Dingley, was born 04 Nov. 16398 at Sandwich, Ma. and died 07 May 1727 at Marshfield, Ma. She married, on 04 Nov. 1658 at...
  • Isaac Winslow, Esq. (1670 - 1738)
    Hon Isaac Winslow was born 1671 in Marshfield, Plymouth, MA and died 7 Sep 1738 in Marshfield, Plymouth, MA Age: 67 Parents: Gov. Josiah Winslow (1627-1680) and Penelope Pelham (~1630-1703) Marri...
  • Josiah Winslow, Governor of Plymouth Colony (c.1629 - 1680)
    Major Josiah Winslow: Wealthy and Harvard-educated, Josiah Winslow was a distinguished member of the "second generation." Winslow did not continue his father's good relationship with the Natives. H...
  • 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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