Some Early Settlers of
This page lists those families among the early settlers of Weymouth, who were the ancestors of the persons to whom this web site is dedicated. Direct ancestors are in bold. Links will be created to these families as the web pages are created.
Formerly called, Wessagusset, the first attempt at settlement occurred in 1622 under the leadership of Thomas Weston. This colony collapsed, and a second attempt was made by Robert Gorges in 1623. These colonies did not last, and the colonists dispersed. Some of the families that later lived in Weymouth may be descended from these early immigrants, but this is difficult to document. With the establishment of Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630, a few more settlers came in. The effective settlement began in 1635 when Rev. Joseph Hull, formerly of Weymouth in Dorset, arriced on the Marygold with 21 families, a total of 106 persons, who supported his ministry. on 8 July they were permitted to settle at Wessagusset, and the name was changed to Weymouth. Following this major settlement, the Town continued to grow.
Settlers of the "Hull company" included:
- Zachary and Agnes Bicknell and their son John
- Thomas and Jane (Powys) Holbrook, and their children John, Thomas, Anne and Elizabeth
- Henry and Joanna Kingman and their children, Edmund, Joanne, Anne, Thomas, and John
- Robert and Elizabeth Lovell and their children Zacheus, Anne, John, Ellyn and James
- Richard Porter
- John and Alice Whitmarsh and their children James, Jane, Onesiphorus and Richard (Not on the official list but probably present were their other children, John, Nicholas and Simon)
Other settlers about 1635:
- John Burrell
- Thomas White
In the years that followed, more persons settled at Weymouth, some coming directly from England, other arriving first at other places in Massachusetts, then moving to Weymouth. The years indicated below are the earliest documented dates for their presence at Weymouth. Among these are the following:
- Maccuth and Elizabeth (Kingman) Pratt and their children Mary, Thomas, William, Matthew, Elizabeth, John and Samuel
- John and Judith Rogers
- the wife of Thomas White
- Nicholas Byram
- wife of Richard Porter
- Edward ans Susanna (Putnam) Bates and their children Susanna and John
- James and Elizabeth Priest
- John Harding
- Philip and Mary Reed
- Thomas and Agnes Dyer
- James and Alice (Higgins) Nash and their sons James, John, and Jacob
- John and Elizabeth Stream and their children Elizabeth, Thomas, Benjamin and John
- John Vining
- William and Avis (Chepman) Reed and their children Margaret and Hannah
- Thomas Drake
- Nicholas Phillips (from Dedham, where he first settled in 1636), his wife, not identified, and children born at Dedham, Richard, Alice, Experience, Caleb, Joshua, Benjamin, Hannah and Abigail
- John Hollis
- John and Sarah Vinson
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