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Early Families of Scituate, Massachusetts

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  • Edward Wanton (1628 - 1716)
  • Edward Jenkins (1617 - 1699)
  • Nathaniel Church, I (1640 - c.1688)
    Elizabeth Soule and Nathaniel Church were fined five pounds on March 3, 1663, for fornication. On October 5,1663, Elizabeth sued Nathaniel for 200 pounds for failing to marry her but the court awarded ...
  • Elizabeth Stover (c.1634 - 1714)
    Disputed paternity: Margaret, widow of Henry Norton, is named in a 1660 court proceeding as the mother-in-law of Sylvester Stover. In his Great Migration profile of Henry Norton,[1] Anderson accepts ...
  • Joseph Thorne (c.1663 - 1732)
    Birth date also seen as 1651 From On 16 May 1695 when Joanna was 27, she married Joseph Thorne in Scituate, MA.103 Joseph died on 14 Jan 1731/2 in Hingham, MA.42 Was William (SIC: Joseph) p...

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.