Marshfield, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Genealogy

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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of Marshfield. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries.

Town Clerk[edit | edit source]

870 Moraine St
Marshfield, MA 02050
Phone: 781-834-5540
Fax: 781-834-6289

Brief History[edit | edit source]

Marshfield was an outgrowth of the settlement at Plymouth. By 1632, precincts were formed and this area was granted at Green's Harbor as Rexhame. The precinct soon became a town in 1640. This area was Plymouth Colony in the beginning. The town was placed in Plymouth County when counties were formed in 1685. For a brief time, the town was part of the Dominion of New England from 1686 to 1689. The town is still in Plymouth County, though was in limbo, until the "Colony" was merged with Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1691 that became the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Historical Data[edit | edit source]

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

Associated names

Marshfield was once called Greens Harbour and Rexhame/Wrexham.

Village or section names include Brant Rock, Center Marshfield, Duxbury Beach, Ferry Hill, Fieldston, Green Harbor, Marshfield Hills (previously East Marshfield), North Marshfield, Ocean Bluff, Rehame, Sea View, and Standish.

Border changes
Dates Events
2 Mar. 1640 Greens Harbour shall be a township ... and called Rexhame, but now Marshfield. [Ply. Col. Rec., 11: 37]
2 Mar. 1641 Rexham mentioned in a list of places for constables. [Ply. Col. Rec., 2: 9]
7 Sept. 1641 A rate list of towns as Rexhame / Marshfield with a line through the first name. [Ply. Col. Rec., 2: 9]
7 Mar. 1643 Marshfield borders established.
5 Mar. 1661 Land granted to Marshfield and Duxbury.
23 Feb. 1683 Border between Marshfield and Duxbury established.
21 Mar. 1712 Part of the town included in the new town of Pembroke.
8 Nov. 1782 Border between Marshfield and Scituate established.
10 Mar. 1788 Part of Scituate annexed.
14 June 1813 Border between Marshfield and Duxbury established.
11 May 1887 Border between Marshfield and Scituate established.
23 Mar. 1928 Border between Marshfield and Scituate established.
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Town Histories[edit | edit source]

Works written on the town include:
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Town of Marshfield in Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

Alden, Ames (Eames), Baker, Bates, Bourne, Carver, Church, Clift, Damon, Emery, Ewell, Ford, Gardner, Hagar, Hall, Hatch, Henry, Keene, Kent, Lapham, Leonard, Little, Macomber, Nelson, Oakman, Peterson, Phillips, Porter, Richards, Rogers, Sherman, Sprague, Sylvester, Thomas, Tilden, Tolman, Trouant, Walker, Weatherbee, White, Whiting, Willard, Williamson, Winslow, and Wright.
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Vital Records[edit | edit source]

The town's vital records are available in many locations:

Original records
Published records
  • Robert M. Sherman and Ruth Wilder Sherman, Vital Records of Marshfield, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Warwick, R.I., 1970).
    These volumes were microfilmed by the Family History Library (FHL film 496621 Item 2).
    Digital database at American Ancestors ($).
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.482/M3 V2s.
    [Missing from the published vital records is one marriage from county court records for 1692 published in Pilgrim Notes and Queries, 3 [1915]: 120-122 at 122.]
  • Donald and Rebecca Ford, "Marshfield Marriages from Town Reports" [1865-1900, alphabetically] in the Mayflower Descendants serialized from v. 35 [1985] to v. 41 [1991].
Online records
  • Marshfield town and vital records, 1645-1875, are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on FamilySearch.
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City Directories[edit | edit source]

Marshfield was published in 1894, 1915, 1918, 1926, 1962, 1967, 1970.

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:

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Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

  1. Baker Family Cemetery, 1816.
  2. Cedar Grove / Congregational Church Cemetery, 1721. (A, C, D-v.12-13, F)
  3. Centre Marshfield Cemetery, 1740. (B, C, D-v.8, E, F)
  4. Chapel Cemetery, 1793. (B, E, F)
  5. Congregational Church Cemetery at Marshfield Hills, 18th century. (B, E, F)
  6. Couch Cemetery, 1960.
  7. Dingley Family Cemetery, 1809.
  8. Howland Cemetery, 1797.
  9. Little / Sea View Cemetery, 1718. (B, E, F)
  10. Magoun Cemetery, 1840.
  11. Marshfield Hills Cemetery, 1729. (A, B, C, D-v.9, E, F)
  12. Plainville Cemetery, 1788. (A, B, C, D-v. 14, E, F)
  13. Adam Rogers Family Tomb, 1813.
  14. Two Mile Cemetery, 1801. (A,, B, D-v.10, E, F)
  15. Winslow Cemetery, 1680. (A, C, D-v.10, E, F)

Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:
(A). New England Historic Genealogical Society Manuscripts Dept.
(B). Charles M. Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, Mass., 1995). WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 V3.
(C). Daughters of the American Revolution GRC v. 86.
(D). Mayflower Descendant (journal).
(E). Robert M. Sherman and Ruth Wilder Sherman, Vital Records of Marshfield, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Warwick, R.I., 1970). [see above for details] (F). Christian V. G. S. Kimball, "Marshfield Cemeteries Through 1950" (typ., 1997). [Note: Computer printout - copy at the Mass. Society of Mayflower Descendants library and with editor of this page]. WorldCat (Other Libraries).

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Churches[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 Church, 1632, records good starting in 1696.
    Records on microfilm, 1696-1920, FHL films 417929-417930 and published volume 1, 1696-1747, in Mayflower Descendant, 11 [1909]: 36-39, 121-123; 31 [1933]: 117-124, 161-171; 33 [1934]: 12-21.
  2. Society of Friends, 1692, records good (part of Pembroke Monthly Meeting that was attached to the New Bedford Monthly Meeting).
  3. Second Congregational Society (Unitarian), 1738-1916, records good.[Records at the Marshfield Historical Society]
  4. Protestant Episcopal Church, 1775-1867, records at St. Andrew's Church.
  5. Baptist Church, 1788, records good.
  6. Methodist Episcopal Church, 1813, records incomplete, starting in 1825.
  7. Baptist Church in North Marshfield, 1833, records good.
  8. Second Congregational Church, East Marshfield, 1835, records good.
  9. Grace Chapel (Unitarian), 1882, records good.
  10. Our Lady of the Assumption, n.d.
  11. Christian Science Church, n.d.
  12. North Community Church, 1928.
  13. North River Community Church, 1989.
  14. St. Ann's By the Sea, n.d.
  15. St. Christine's Parish, n.d.
  16. Sanctuary, n.d.
  17. Shirat Hayam, 1996.
  18. Trinity Episcopal Church at Marshfield Hills, n.d.
  19. Victory Baptist Church, n.d.
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Newspapers[edit | edit source]

  1. Marshfield Mail / South Shore News, 1964-1965.
  2. Marshfield Mariner, 1976-present.
  3. Marshfield Reporter, 1987-present.
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Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

The following is list of research facilities in town:

Clift Rodgers Free Library
540 Pleasant Street
Marshfield MA 02051
Phone 781-834-4597
[Note: Not a research library]

Ventress Memorial Library
15 Library Plaza
Marshfield MA 02050
Phone 781-834-5535

Marshfield Historical Society
65 Webster Street
PO Box 1244
Marshfield MA 02050

References[edit | edit source]

  1. William Francis Galvin, Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts (Boston, new ed., 1997), 72-73. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997
Adjacent towns: Plymouth Co.: Duxbury | Norwell | Pembroke | Scituate