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Early Settlers of Hingham, Massachusetts

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  • Isaac Gross (c.1693 - 1742)
  • Edward Wilder, of Hingham (1623 - 1690)
    Date of birth has also been (erroneously?) reported to be January 1, 1623. Place of birth has also been (erroneously?) reported to be Sulham, Berkshire, England. youngest child After the death of...
  • John Beal (1593 - 1688)
    Bp/Chr: May 8, 1593, Wramplingham, Norfolk, England Emigration: 1638, arrived on the Diligent from London ===================== Family records claim John's birth c.1588. However, Wramplington Par...
  • Edward "Immigrant" Gilman, V (1617 - 1653)
    From 3258. Edward Gilman. Born ca 1617 in Hingham, Norfolk. Edward was baptized in Hingham, Norfolk, on 26 Dec 1617. Edward died in 1653 in at sea.24 Edward was one of the four young men who were p...
  • Aaron Pratt (1649 - 1735)
    Sarah Pratt was Aaron Pratt's 1st cousin. According to the Phineas Pratt book , her father, Joseph, was Aaron’s uncle (his father’s brother). --------------------------- Aaron Pratt became a reside...

Hingham is one of the oldest towns in Massachusetts. There were settlers here as early as 1633. Its first name was Bearcove or Barecove, perhaps due to , the exposure of almost its entire harbor at low tide. It was incorporated on Sept. 2, 1635, only eleven towns being incorporated earlier.

In 1638, one hundred and thirty-three persons came over in the ship 'Diligent,' of Ipswich, and settled in Hingham, Prior to that date, between 1633 and 1638, forty-two persons were granted land in Hingham. Thus, by the end of 1638, there were one hundred and seventy-five settlers. All total, two hundred and six persons came out of Norfolk (chiefly from Hingham, and its vicinity) from 1633 to 1639, and settled in this Hingham

In fact, while the number two handred and six persons was based on a statement from the third town clerk of Hingham, there was a much larger number of settlers here in 1639. They undoubtedly came in from other places

Many of the first settlers removed to other places during the militia difficulties which occurred within a few years after the settlement of the town; and a considerable number had previously obtained lands at Rehoboth.

List of Early Settlers

Land grants in 1635:



  • Thomas Barnes
  • Josiah Cobbit
  • Thomas Chaffe
  • Thomas Clapp <probably either this Thomas or this Thomas>
  • William Carlslye (or Carsly)
  • Thomas Dimock
  • Vinton Dreuce
  • Thomas Hett
  • Thomas Joshlin
  • Aaron Ludkin
  • John Morrick
  • Thomas Nichols
  • Thomas Paynter
  • Edmund Pitts
  • Joseph Phippeny
  • Thomas Shave
  • Ralph Smith
  • Thomas Turner
  • John Tower
  • Joseph Underwood
  • William Ludkin
  • Jonathan Bozworth

In 1638 there was a considerable increase of the number of settlers. Among them were:

All of those preceding, who came to this country in 1638, took passage in the ship 'Diligent,' of Ipswich, John Martin, master. In addition to these, the following named persons received grants of land in the year 1638, viz.:


  • Anthony Hilliard, land grant
  • John Prince, land grant
  • Hewett (Huet), mentioned in Hobart's Diary
  • Liford, mentioned in Hobart's Diary


  • Burr, 1646
  • Jams <James?> Whiton, 1647
  • John Lazell, 1649
  • Samuel Stowell, 1649
  • Garnett, 1653
  • Canterbury, 1653


  1. History of Hingham published 1893, pages 201-209 OCRed and editing by David Blackwell and Lisa Whiting 1998.