Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Genealogy

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Town of Kingston in Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

Guide to Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts ancestry, genealogy and family history, town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries.

Town Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

There was an attempted settlement at Jones River in 1620 and again in 1635. Governor Bradford had his residence at Stony Brook in Plymouth Colony Genealogy. The "North End" of Plymouth was set off as a precinct in 1717 and a town in 1726. The area was placed in Plymouth County when counties were formed in 1685. For a brief time, the area was part of the Dominion of New England Genealogy from 1686 to 1689. The area is still in Plymouth County, though was in limbo, until the "Colony" was merged with Massachusetts Bay Colony Genealogy in 1691 that became the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. When incorporated, the town was part of Plymouth County where it remains.

Parent Towns[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Includes Neighborhoods, Villages, Unincorporated Communities,
Districts, and Census-Designated Places:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Adjacent Towns[edit | edit source]

Plymouth Co: Carver | Duxbury | Pembroke | Plymouth | Plympton

Town Records[edit | edit source]

In New England most original vital records of birth, marriage, and death can be found at the town clerk's office

Kingston Town Clerk[edit | edit source]

26 Evergreen Street
Kingston, MA 02364
Phone: 781-585-0502
Fax: 781-585-0542

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Published records
This includes, in part, church records from the First Church of Kingston [Unitarian] (C.R.1) and the Second Congregational Church (C.R.2). Deaths are included from the Old Burying Ground (G.R.1) and Evergreen Cem. (G.R.2).
  • Thomas Bradford Drew, "Kingston, Mass., Records. Copied from the first volume of births, marriages and deaths ..." in The Genealogical Advertiser, 2 [1899]: 1-9, 39-44, 119-126; 3 [1900]: 22-26, 77-80; 4 [1901]: 14-18, 68-73.
Online records
  • Kingston town and vital records, ca. 1695-1885, 1843-1905, some early intentions, v. 1, are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on FamilySearch.

Births[edit | edit source]

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Deaths[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Town Reports[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

For more County and State resources see:

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Kingston. For location of cemeteries, see PlymouthColony website. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.

  1. Evergreen Cemetery, 1854. (A, C)
  2. Old Burying Ground, 1717. (A, B, C, D)
  3. Our Lady of Divine Providence Cemetery, 1962.
  4. St. Joseph's Cemetery, n.d.

Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:
(A). Vital Records of Kingston, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Boston, 1911) [see links above under Vital Records].
(B). Charles M. Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, Mass., 1995). WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 V3.
(D). Theodore S. Lazell, "Death Records from the Ancient Burial Ground at Kingston, Mass., from a manuscript copy made in 1859 by the late Dr. Thomas Bradford Drew in the Mayflower Descendant, 7 [1905]: 20-28, 82-90, 167-172, 221-225 [Alphabetical list].
Digital versions of reprint at Internet Archive and Ancestry ($).
WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL film 1033700 Item 10; catalog digital link.
Unfinished verbatim transcription in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 10 [1856]: 55-56.
Digital version at

Census[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of churches established in town in order of organization date (if known) and condition of records in the 1889 survey if listed.

  1. First Congregational Parish (Unitarian, now First Parish Church), 1717, records prior to 1784 are imperfect.
    Transcript of original records, v. 1-2, 1720, ca. 1880, FHL film 910370
  2. Baptist Church, 1805, records good.
  3. Mayflower Congregational Church, 1828, records good.
  4. St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Mission of Plymouth, 1873, Parish, 1908.
  5. Church of Christ, n.d.
  6. St. Mark's Orthodox Church, n.d.
  7. The Vineyard, A Community Church, 1985.

City Directories[edit | edit source]

Kingston was published in 1890, 1898-1899, 1903, 1907, 1911, 1915, 1924, 1932.

The Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) has one of the largest collections of city directories in the country. They are likely to own most of the years listed above. Their collection is in microfiche, microfilm, and books, but there is no online inventory of their holdings except for microfilm. See their guide online.

Other holdings:

Compiled Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Immigration[edit | edit source]

Land Records[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

The basic data is from the "Historical Data" publication series[1] with additions from various sources.

Associated names

Hanson once was called Jones River Parish and Plymouth North Precinct.

Village or section names include Blackwater, Crossman Pond, Holmes Mill Pond, Indian Pond Village, Kingston Centre, Plympton Depot, Reed's Pond, Rocky Nook, Seaside, Silver Lake, Smith's Lane, Stony Brook, The Hill, and Wapping.

Border changes
Dates Events
16 June 1726 Established as a town from the "North Precinct" or Jones River Parish of Plymouth that previously also included parts of Duxbury, Pembroke, and Plympton. [Prov. Laws, 2: 387].
14 Apr. 1857 Part of Duxbury annexed.
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Works written on the town include:

There is a section called "Cast of Characters" that have a few sentences about the earliest settlers which include: Armstrong, Barnes, Billington, Bradford, Brewster, Briggs, Brown, Bryant, Chauncy, Chipman, Clarke, Cobb, Combe, Cooke), Cotton, Croade) Curtis, Cushman, Doane, Drew, Dunham, Eaton, Everson, Faunce, Fish, Foster, Fuller, Gray, Hall, Holmes, Hopkins, Howland, Lee, Little, Loring, Mitchell, Moore/More, Nelson, Paddy, Peirce/Pierce/Pearcse/Pearce, Phinney, Pratt, Prence/Prince, Raynor, Ring, Rogers, Samson, Souther, Stetson, Sturtevant, Washburn, West, Willet, Winslow, Winter, and Wright.

Maps[edit | edit source]

This selection incudes town, county, state, and historical maps

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military[edit | edit source]

Some Records are Searchable by Town

Revolutionary War, 1775-1783[edit | edit source]

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Civil War, 1861-1865[edit | edit source]

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World War I, 1917-1918[edit | edit source]

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World War II, 1941-1945[edit | edit source]

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Newspapers[edit | edit source]

  1. Kingston News, 1912.
  2. Kingston Sun, 1927-1930.
  3. Kingston Voice (title varied), 1976-1981.
  4. Kingston Reporter, 1984-present.
  5. Kingston Observer, 1987-1991.
  6. Kingston Independent Voice (title varied), 1978-present.
  7. Kingston Mariner, 1996-present.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Town Records[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Kingston Public Library
6 Green Street
Kingston MA 02364
Phone 781-585-0517

Museums[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers & Affiliate Libraries[edit | edit source]

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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Societies[edit | edit source]

The Jones River Village Historical Society
PO Box 22
Kingston MA 02364
Phone 781-585-6300

References[edit | edit source]

  1. William Francis Galvin, Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts (Boston, new ed., 1997), 56. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997