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Early Families of Scituate, Massachusetts

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  • Nathaniel Cole, of Duxbury (1665 - 1744)
    Not the same as Nathaniel Cole, of Swansea (who married Elizabeth Eddy) or Nathaniel Cole, of Farmington, CT (who married Elizabeth Woodford). Anderson’s Great Migration Begins Project. AncestryImage
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    William Taylor, of Scituate (b. - bef.1718)
    Family of John Taylor and Elizabeth: William, of Arundel, Maine. Children: Lydia Taylor (20 Mar 1688/9-). married John Wright, son of Thomas Wright (-ca 1691) & Elizabeth (-aft 1693), in the Seco...
  • Margaret Hicks (c.1600 - aft.1666)
    Not the same as Margaret Hicks Not a proven daughter of Zachariah West & Hepzibah West Margaret aka West, Atwood Born about 1600 in England Died after 5 Jul 1666 after about age 66 in Scitu...
  • Mary Lambert (deceased)
    Family Thomas Lambert Sr. has his son, Thomas Jr., baptized at the Second Church of Scituate in 1660.[1] Thomas Jr. & his presumed brother, John Lambert, are involved with deeds with Thomas Jr.'s in-...
  • Hannah Lambert (1668 - aft.1752)
    Not the same as Hannah Lambert or as Hannah Lambert Hannah Bates was born October 31, 1668, at Hingham, MA, the daughter of Joseph Bates Sr. & Hester Hilliard, as is recorded in Hingham town recor...

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.

Years indicate the year of (known) arrival in town.