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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[1]

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" 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:

  • Sarah Y. Bailey, The Story of Jones River in Pilgrim Plymouth 1620-1726 which in the latter year became Kingston, Massachusetts (Kingston, Mass., 1920).
    WorldCat (Other Libraries).
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).

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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.

  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 verson at

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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. 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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  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 list of research facilities in town:

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

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


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

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