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Early Families of Scituate, Massachusetts

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  • Thomas Wyborn (1580 - 1656)
    Thomas Wyborn, of Wrotham, Kent, England, was the seventh and youngest child of Richard of Wrotham. Thomas was baptized June 5, 1580. His first marriage was to Emma Millow, on November 27, 1605. He lat...
  • John Merritt (1635 - 1676)
  • Henry Merritt, Jr. (c.1590 - 1653)
    Came to America perhaps as early as 1626, and with others called "Men of Kent" founded the town of Scituate, MA, though he was not a freeman until 1638. There is a deed in the Colony records dated 1628...
  • Robert Shelley (c.1608 - 1692)
    Arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in The "LION" in 1632 Robert Shelley, his son Robert, and his daughter-in-law Susanna all died (perhaps killed by Indians) on the same day in 1692. One alternate re...
  • Thomas Pinson, Sr. (1609 - 1694)
    Thomas Pinson, also spelled Pyncin and Pincin, was one of the earliest resettlers of the coastal town of Scituate, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts. He arrived in Scituate in 1636 and lived with his fami...

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.