Mattapoisett, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Genealogy

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Brief History

Mattapoisett is a "recently" created town in Massachusetts that was the southwesterly portion of Rochester before 1857 and was first settled about 1750. The area was first in Plymouth Colony. The area 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. Mattapoisett became a town in 1857.

Historical Data

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

Associated names

Village or section names include Antassawomock, Antassawomock Neck (extinct), Aucoote, Brant Island, Cannonville, Crescent Beach, East Mattapoisett, Hammondstown, Hollywood, Mattapoisett Neck, Ned's Point, Pico Beach, Pine Island, Ram Island, Randall Town (extinct), and Tinkham Town.

Border changes
Dates Events
20 May 1857 Incorporated as a town from the Second Parish of Rochester.
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Town Histories


]]Works written on the town include:

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Vital Records

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

Original records
  • Mattapoisett Town Clerk's Office
    16 Main Street
    PO Box 89
    Mattapoisett MA 02739
    Phone 508-758-4103 x2
  • There are no microfilms of the originals created by the Family History Library.
  • This is not part of the Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections, 1620–1988 on Ancestry.
  • Official state copy of vital records starting in 1841. See the guide to the state for more information here.
Published records

There is no published book of vital records.

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The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Mattapoisett. 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. Barlow Cemetery, 1756.
  2. Cushing Cemetery, n.d. (A)
  3. Ellis-Bolles Family Cemetery, 1872. (A)
  4. Fairhaven Road Cemetery, n.d. (B)
  5. Hammond Cemetery, 1740.
  6. Mattapoisett Friends Meeting House Cemetery, 1827. (B)
  7. Pine Island Cemetery, 19th century.
  8. St. Anthony's Cemetery, n.d.

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

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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. Sippican Meeting [then Rochester Meeting, and now Mattapoisett Monthly Meeting] of Friends, 1702, records condition not given [records with the Sandwich Monthly Meeting to 1793 and New Bedford Monthly Meeting after that].
  2. Mattapoisett Congregational Church, 1736, records good.
  3. Universalist Church, 1831, records good. [extinct?]
  4. St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 1880s?
  5. St. Anthony's Church, n.d.
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There are no newspapers that have been published in Mattapoisett.

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Libraries and Historical Societies

The following is a list of research facilities in town:

Mattapoisett Free Public Library
7 Barstow Street
PO Box 475
Mattapoisett MA 02739
Phone 508-758-4171

Mattapoisett Historical Society
5 Church Street
PO Box 535
Mattapoisett MA 02739
Phone 508-758-2844


  1. William Francis Galvin, Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts (Boston, new ed., 1997), 74. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997
Adjacent towns: Plymouth Co: Marion | Rochester | Bristol Co: Acushnet | Fairhaven