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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide|Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Kingston'''  
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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of Kingston. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries.
  
 
=== Brief History  ===
 
=== Brief History  ===
  
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. 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 from 1686 to 1689. The area 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. When incorporated, the town was part of Plymouth County where it remains.  
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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|Plymouth Colony]]. The "North End" of [[Plymouth, Massachusetts|Plymouth]] was set off as a precinct in 1717 and a town in 1726. The area was placed in [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth County]] when counties were formed in 1685. For a brief time, the area was part of the [[Dominion of New England|Dominion of New England]] from 1686 to 1689. The area is still in [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth County]], though was in limbo, until the "Colony" was merged with [[Massachusetts Bay Colony|Massachusetts Bay Colony]] in 1691 that became the [[Massachusetts|Commonwealth of Massachusetts]]. When incorporated, the town was part of [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth County]] where it remains.  
  
== Historical Data<ref>William Francis Galvin, ''Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts'' (Boston, new ed., 1997), 56. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/37416784 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|677425|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997}}</ref> ==
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== Historical Data ==
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The basic data is from the "Historical Data" publication series<ref>William Francis Galvin, ''Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts'' (Boston, new ed., 1997), 56. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/37416784 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|677425|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997}}</ref> with additions from various sources.
 
<center>'''Associated names''' </center>  
 
<center>'''Associated names''' </center>  
 
Hanson once was called Jones River Parish and Plymouth North Precinct.  
 
Hanson once was called Jones River Parish and Plymouth North Precinct.  
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| 16 June 1726  
 
| 16 June 1726  
| Established as a town from the "North Precinct" of Plymouth that previously also included parts of Duxbury, Pembroke, and Plympton. [Prov. Laws, 2: 387].
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| 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].
 
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| 14 Apr. 1857  
 
| 14 Apr. 1857  
 
| Part of Duxbury annexed.
 
| Part of Duxbury annexed.
 
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== Town Histories  ==
 
== Town Histories  ==
  
 
Works written on the town include:  
 
Works written on the town include:  
  
*Sarah Y. Bailey, ''The Story of Jones River in Pilgrim Plymouth 1620-1726 which in the latter year became Kingston, Massachusetts'' (Kingston, Mass., 1920).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/9778612 WorldCat (Other Libraries)].
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*Sarah Y. Bailey, ''The Story of Jones River in Pilgrim Plymouth 1620-1726 which in the latter year became Kingston, Massachusetts'' (Kingston, Mass., 1920).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/9778612 WorldCat (Other Libraries)].  
 
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*Doris Johnson Melville, ''Major Bradford's Town: a History of Kingston, 1726-1976'' ([Kingston, Mass.], 1976), xiv, 432 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2786873 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|636541|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/K1 H2m}}.<br>
*Doris Johnson Melville, ''Major Bradford's Town: a History of Kingston, 1726-1976'' ([Kingston, Mass.], 1976), xiv, 432 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2786873 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|636541|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/K1 H2m}}
 
  
 
::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.
 
::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.
  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingston,_Massachusetts Kingston Wikipedia page].<br>
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingston,_Massachusetts Kingston Wikipedia page].<br>
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== Vital Records  ==
 
== Vital Records  ==
  
[[Image:MA Plymouth Co Kingston map.png|right|400px|File:MA_Plymouth_Co_Kingston_map.png]]The town's vital records are available in many locations:  
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The town's vital records are available in many locations: {{MAPlyKinMap}}
 
<center>'''Original records''' </center>  
 
<center>'''Original records''' </center>  
*[http://www.kingstonmass.org/content/40/858/95.aspx Kingston Town Clerk's Office]<br>26 Evergreen Street<br>Kingston MA 02364<br>Phone 781-585-0502<br>  
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*[http://www.kingstonmass.org/content/40/858/95.aspx '''Kingston Town Clerk's Office''']<br>26 Evergreen Street<br>Kingston MA 02364<br>Phone 781-585-0502<br>  
*Microfilm of the originals created by the Family History Library, ca. 1695-1885, {{FHL|401955|item|disp=FHL films 910367-910368}}; 1843-1905, {{FHL|680277|item|disp=FHL film 2079887}}; some early intentions, v. 1, {{FHL|402443|item|disp=FHL film 910369}}.  
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*Microfilm of the originals created by the Family History Library, Kingston town and vital records, ca. 1695-1885, {{FHL|401955|item|disp=FHL films 910367-910368}}; 1843-1905, {{FHL|680277|item|disp=FHL film 2079887}}; some early intentions, v. 1, {{FHL|402443|item|disp=FHL film 910369}}.<br>These records are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMMBX-D5Y%3An1069026585%3Fcc%3D2061550 FamilySearch].<br>
 
*Microfiche of the originals created by Archive Publishing covering vital records, 1683-1911, on 89 fiche. Part of [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2495 ''Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections, 1620–1988''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] ($); Index  
 
*Microfiche of the originals created by Archive Publishing covering vital records, 1683-1911, on 89 fiche. Part of [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2495 ''Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections, 1620–1988''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] ($); Index  
*Official state copy of vital records started in 1841. See the guide to the state for more information here.
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*Official state copy of vital records starting in 1841:<br>[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/ '''Massachusetts Archives''']<br>220 Morrissey Blvd.<br>Boston MA 02125<br>Phone 617-727-2816<br>Email [mailto:archives@sec.state.ma.us archives@sec.state.ma.us]<br>[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/archrs/hrsidx.htm Hours and Directions]<br> See the [[Massachusetts Vital Records|online guide]] for more information.
 
<center>'''Published records''' </center>  
 
<center>'''Published records''' </center>  
*''Vital Records of Kingston, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Boston, 1911).<br>This volume was microfilmed by the Family History Library, {{FHL|317733|item|disp=FHL film 873752 Item 2}} and in digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/vitalrecordsofki00king Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=8TEgg3nzpIcC Google Books], [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=11033 Ancestry] ($), and [http://gooboogeni.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1209 GooBooGeni].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/11854623 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|317733|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/K1 V2v}}.
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*''Vital Records of Kingston, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Boston, 1911).<br>This volume was microfilmed by the Family History Library, {{FHL|317733|item|disp=FHL film 873752 Item 2}} and in digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/vitalrecordsofki00king Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=8TEgg3nzpIcC Google Books], [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=11033 Ancestry] ($), and [http://gooboogeni.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1209 GooBooGeni]. In a database online at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=344&Da=190&Co=191&Rg=218&Ci=Kingston American Ancestors] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/11854623 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|317733|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/K1 V2v}}.<br>
  
::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).<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
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::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).<br>
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*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.
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<center>'''Online records''' </center>  
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*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 [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMMBX-D5Y%3An1069026585%3Fcc%3D2061550 FamilySearch].<br>
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== City Directories  ==
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Kingston was published in 1890, 1898-1899, 1903, 1907, 1911, 1915, 1924, 1932.
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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 [http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/bib_guid/telephonnoncurr.html online].
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Other holdings:
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2469 Ancestry] ($) has none.
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*[http://www.bpl.org/ Boston Public Library] has 1903, 1907, 1911, 1915, 1924, 1932 (with Plymouth).
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*[https://familysearch.org/ Family History Library (Salt Lake City)] has 1899, 1903, 1907, 1911, 1924, 1932 (with Plymouth) on {{FHL|534622|item|disp=FHL various film records}}.
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*[http://www.fold3.com/browse.php#223%7C fold3] ($) has none.
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*[http://www.mass.gov/anf/research-and-tech/oversight-agencies/lib/ Massachusetts State Library] has 1890, 1898-1899, 1903, 1907, 1911, 1924, 1932.
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*[http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1027278~S0 New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston)] ($) has 1890, 1898-1899, 1911, 1915, 1924, 1932 (mostly with Plymouth).
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== Cemeteries  ==
 
== Cemeteries  ==
  
The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Kingston. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.<br>  
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The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Kingston. For location of cemeteries, see [http://plymouthcolony.net/kingston/cemeteries.html PlymouthColony website]. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.<br>  
 
 
#Evergreen Cemetery, 1854. (A, C)
 
#Old Burying Ground, 1717. (A, B, C, D)
 
#Our Lady of Divine Providence Cemetery, 1962.
 
#St. Joseph's Cemetery, n.d.
 
  
Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:<br> (A). ''Vital Records of Kingston, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Boston, 1911) [see links above under Vital Records].<br> (B). Charles M. Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, Mass., 1995). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/33438396 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|741281|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 V3}}.<br> (C). [http://www.americanancestors.org/home.html New England Historic Genealogical Society], Boston, Mass., Manuscripts Dept.<br>(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].<br>Digital versions of reprint at [http://archive.org/details/deathrecordsfrom00drew Internet Archive] and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=30198 Ancestry] ($).<br>{{WorldCat|9227205|disp=WorldCat (Other Libraries)}}; {{FHL|245591|item|disp=FHL film 1033700 Item 10}}; {{FHL|1730261|item|disp=catalog digital link}}.<br>Unfinished verbatim transcription in the ''New England Historical and Genealogical Register'', 10 [1856]: 55-56.<br>Digital verson at [http://plymouthcolony.net/kingston/nehgr/010055.html PlymouthColony.net]
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:#Evergreen Cemetery, 1854. (A, C)  
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:#Old Burying Ground, 1717. (A, B, C, D)  
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:#Our Lady of Divine Providence Cemetery, 1962.  
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:#St. Joseph's Cemetery, n.d.
  
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Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:<br> (A). ''Vital Records of Kingston, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Boston, 1911) [see links above under Vital Records].<br> (B). Charles M. Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, Mass., 1995). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/33438396 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|741281|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 V3}}.<br> (C). [http://www.americanancestors.org/home.html New England Historic Genealogical Society], Boston, Mass., Manuscripts Dept.<br>(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].<br>Digital versions of reprint at [http://archive.org/details/deathrecordsfrom00drew Internet Archive] and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=30198 Ancestry] ($).<br>{{WorldCat|9227205|disp=WorldCat (Other Libraries)}}; {{FHL|245591|item|disp=FHL film 1033700 Item 10}}; {{FHL|1730261|item|disp=catalog digital link}}.<br>Unfinished verbatim transcription in the ''New England Historical and Genealogical Register'', 10 [1856]: 55-56.<br>Digital version at [http://plymouthcolony.net/kingston/nehgr/010055.html PlymouthColony.net]
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== Churches  ==
 
== Churches  ==
  
 
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.  
 
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.  
  
#First Congregational Parish (Unitarian, now [http://www.kingstonuu.org/ First Parish Church]), 1717, records prior to 1784 are imperfect.<br>Transcript of original records, v. 1-2, 1720, ca. 1880, {{FHL|402419|item|disp=FHL film 910370}}  
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:#First Congregational Parish (Unitarian, now [http://www.kingstonuu.org/ First Parish Church]), 1717, records prior to 1784 are imperfect.<br>Transcript of original records, v. 1-2, 1720, ca. 1880, {{FHL|402419|item|disp=FHL film 910370}}  
#Baptist Church, 1805, records good.  
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:#Baptist Church, 1805, records good.  
#[http://mayflowercc.org/ Mayflower Congregational Church], 1828, records good.  
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:#[http://mayflowercc.org/ Mayflower Congregational Church], 1828, records good.  
#[http://www.stjosephkingston.com/ St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church], Mission of Plymouth, 1873, Parish, 1908.  
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:#[http://www.stjosephkingston.com/ St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church], Mission of Plymouth, 1873, Parish, 1908.  
#[http://www.kingstoncoc.org/ Church of Christ], n.d.  
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:#[http://www.kingstoncoc.org/ Church of Christ], n.d.  
#St. Mark's Orthodox Church, n.d.  
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:#St. Mark's Orthodox Church, n.d.  
#[http://www.thevineyardkingston.org/ The Vineyard, A Community Church], 1985.
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:#[http://www.thevineyardkingston.org/ The Vineyard, A Community Church], 1985.
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== Newspapers  ==
 
== Newspapers  ==
  
#''Kingston News'', 1912.  
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:#''Kingston News'', 1912.  
#''Kingston Sun'', 1927-1930.  
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:#''Kingston Sun'', 1927-1930.  
#''Kingston Voice'' (title varied), 1976-1981.  
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:#''Kingston Voice'' (title varied), 1976-1981.  
#''Kingston Reporter'', 1984-present.  
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:#''Kingston Reporter'', 1984-present.  
#''Kingston Observer'', 1987-1991.  
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:#''Kingston Observer'', 1987-1991.  
#''Kingston Independent Voice'' (title varied), 1978-present.  
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:#''Kingston Independent Voice'' (title varied), 1978-present.  
#''Kingston Mariner'', 1996-present.
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:#''Kingston Mariner'', 1996-present.
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== Libraries and Historical Societies  ==
 
== Libraries and Historical Societies  ==
  
The following is list of research facilities in town:  
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The following is a list of research facilities in town:  
  
[http://www.kingstonpubliclibrary.org/ Kingston Public Library]<br>6 Green Street<br>Kingston MA 02364<br>Phone 781-585-0517<br>Email [mailto:kilib@kingstonpubliclibrary.org kilib@kingstonpubliclibrary.org]<br>  
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[http://www.kingstonpubliclibrary.org/ '''Kingston Public Library''']<br>6 Green Street<br>Kingston MA 02364<br>Phone 781-585-0517<br>Email [mailto:kilib@kingstonpubliclibrary.org kilib@kingstonpubliclibrary.org]<br>  
  
[http://jrvhs.org/ The Jones River Village Historical Society]<br>PO Box 22<br>Kingston MA 02364<br>Phone 781-585-6300<br>  
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[http://jrvhs.org/ '''The Jones River Village Historical Society''']<br>PO Box 22<br>Kingston MA 02364<br>Phone 781-585-6300<br>  
  
 
== References  ==
 
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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of Kingston. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries.

Brief History

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. 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 from 1686 to 1689. The area 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. When incorporated, the town was part of Plymouth County where it remains.

Historical Data

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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Town Histories

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.
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Vital Records

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


Original records
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.
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City Directories

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:

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Cemeteries

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.
(C). New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Mass., Manuscripts Dept.
(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 PlymouthColony.net

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Churches

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.
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Newspapers

  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.
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Libraries and Historical Societies

The following is a list of research facilities in town:

Kingston Public Library
6 Green Street
Kingston MA 02364
Phone 781-585-0517
Email kilib@kingstonpubliclibrary.org

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

References

  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
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