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Early Families of Scituate, Massachusetts

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  • Capt. William Holbrook (c.1620 - 1699)
    Christened in 1620 in England. Listed as Captain William Holbrook, Sr. He married Elizabeth the daughter of the widow Elizabeth Pitts (died at Scituate). He married Abigail widow of Robert Sharp an...
  • Elizabeth Sutton (1636 - 1679)
    10. ELIZABETH HOUSE (Samuel2, John HOWSE1). Born bef 23 Oct 1636 in Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA. At the age of <1, Elizabeth was baptized in Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA, on 23 Oct 1636. Elizabeth died in...
  • Mary Cole (c.1627 - 1678)
    Mary Tilson Birth:: abt 1627 England Death: 20 May 1678 Age: 51 Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA Father: Edmund Tilson (~1598-1660) Mother: Joanne (~1605-<1669) Married 23 Dec 1652 in Scitu...
  • Thomas Woodworth (1636 - 1717)
    Per, Thomas was Clerk of the market in 1690. This source says he died in March of 1719 Occupation: cooper, trader. "Thomas had lands in Little Compton 1674, but he did not remo...
  • 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...

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.