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Plymouth County, Massachusetts

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  • Thomas Davee (1718 - 1779)
  • Oliver Ames, Jr. (1807 - 1877)
    founder of the Ames Shovel CompanyOliver Ames, Jr. (November 5, 1807 – March 9, 1877) was president of Union Pacific Railroad when the railroad met the Central Pacific Railroad in Utah for the completi...
  • Elkanah Watson (1732 - 1804)
    Residence : Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States - 1732** Reference: MyHeritage Family Trees - SmartCopy : Jan 20 2021, 21:23:10 UTC
  • Elkanah Watson (1656 - 1690)
    Occupation: blacksmith Thacher in his History of Plymouth (pg 173) states that he was supposed to be the richest man in the county at the time of his death.Mayflower Descendant, 5:55 and 17:71, also Pi...
  • John Bartlett (1820 - 1905)
    John Bartlett b. June 14, 1820 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, US, d. December 3, 1905John Bartlett was an American writer and publisher whose best known work, Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, has been cont...

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The Wampanoag Indians under sachem Massasoit (or Ousamequin) were living in this area when the earliest Europeans arrived.

The county seat is the town of Plymouth, the site of the first permanent European settlement in New England (1620); Plymouth Rock State Park commemorates the landing of the Mayflower. The county was created from Plymouth colony in June 1685. Whaling and shipbuilding were important industries until the mid-19th century.

Plymouth (/ˈplɪməθ/; historically known as Plimouth and Plimoth) is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. The town holds a place of great prominence in American history, folklore, and culture, and is known as "America's Hometown." Plymouth was the site of the colony founded in 1620 by the Mayflower Pilgrims, where New England was first established. It is the oldest municipality in New England and one of the oldest in the United States.[5] The town has served as the location of several prominent events, one of the more notable being the First Thanksgiving feast. Plymouth served as the capital of Plymouth Colony from its founding in 1620 until the colony's merger with the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1691. The English explorer John Smith named the area Plymouth (after the city in South West England) and the region 'New England' during his voyage of 1614 (the accompanying map was published in 1616). It was a later coincidence that, after an aborted attempt to make the 1620 trans-Atlantic crossing from Southampton, the "Mayflower" finally set sail for America from Plymouth, England.

Plymouth is located approximately 40 miles south of Boston, Massachusetts in a region known as the South Shore. Throughout the 19th century, the town thrived as a center of rope making, fishing, and shipping, and was home to the Plymouth Cordage Company, formerly the world's largest rope making company. It continues to be an active port, but today its major industry is tourism. The town is served by Plymouth Municipal Airport and contains Pilgrim Hall Museum, the oldest continually operating museum in the United States. It is the largest municipality in Massachusetts by area. The population was 61,217 as of the 2020 U.S. Census. It is one of two county seats of Plymouth County, the other being Brockton.

Adjacent Counties

Cities & Towns

Abington | Bridgewater | Brockton (County Seat) | Carver | Duxbury | East Bridgewater | Halifax | Hanover | Hanson | Hingham | Hull | Kingston | Lakeville | Marion | Marshfield | Mattapoisett | Middleborough | Norwell | Pembroke | Plymouth (County Seat) | Plympton | Rochester | Rockland | Scituate | Wareham | West Bridgewater | Whitman

For a complete list of Other Villages & Communities, please see Wikipedia.

Links

Wikipedia

Plymouth Rock

Encyclopedia Britannica

Plymouth Colony-Plymouth County

Genealogy Trails

US GenNet

Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places

Pilgrim Hall Museum

The Mayflower Society