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Early Families of Scituate, Massachusetts

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  • Mary "Sarah" Cudworth (c.1608 - c.1699)
    One thing that has been overlooked by the proponents of Mary Parker as James's wife who was known as Goodma Cudworth, is that Mary Sarah Goodman's aunt was Elizabeth Pye the ggg grandmother of Ebenezer...
  • Jane King (1596 - 1653)
    Jane Young of Thanington, born about 1596 and died at Scituate 8 Oct. 1653. Parents: Her parentage has not yet been discovered, but it is likely that Edward Young of Thanington, husbandman, one of th...
  • Israel Holmes (c.1650 - 1685)
    Israel drowned in Plymouth Harbor in Mass. Colony.He is the son of William Holmes and Elizabeth . He was born circa 1650 in Scituate and baptized in Scituate on April 14, 1661, along with his siblings....
  • Josiah Holmes, of Duxbury (c.1638 - 1721)
    Josiah Holmes Birth: circa 1638 - Scituate, Plymouth, Mass. Death: After May 8 1721 Parents: William Holmes, Elizabeth (unknown) Wife: Hannah Samson, daughter of Henry Samson 3. Hannah Sa...
  • Elizabeth Holmes (c.1614 - 1698)
    notes From This must be the William Holmes who came on the Hercules in 1635 [NEHGR 75:219], settled first at Scituate [PCR 8:182], and removed by 1658 to Marshfield [PCR 8:201]. The maiden name o...

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.