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{{stub}}''[[United States|United States]] > [[Massachusetts|Massachustts]] > [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth County]] > [[Plymouth_County,_Massachusetts_Populated_Places|Populated Places]] > Duxbury''  
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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Duxbury'''  
  
== [http://www.town.duxbury.ma.us/Public_Documents/index Town Hall] ==
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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of Duxbury. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries. There are detailed guides for the towns set off from Duxbury: [[Bridgewater, Massachusetts|Bridgewater]], [[Kingston, Massachusetts|Kingston]], and [[Pembroke, Massachusetts|Pembroke]].
  
878 Tremont St.<br>Duxbury, MA 02332<br>
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=== Brief History  ===
  
== Quick History  ==
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This area was first settled in 1632 by people from [[Plymouth, Massachusetts|Plymouth]] and set off from that town in 1637. During this century, the town was always in the jurisdiction of [[Plymouth Colony|Plymouth Colony]]. The town was placed in [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth County]] when counties were formed in 1685. For a brief time, the town was part of the [[Dominion of New England|Dominion of New England]] from 1686 to 1689. The town 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]].
  
==== Establishment and former town name(s) <ref name="MaTowns">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/49562661 ''Historical data relating to counties, cities, and towns in Massachusetts''] (Boston, Massachusetts : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1997), [FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997].</ref> ====
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== Historical Data ==
  
'''7 June 1637:''' "... Ducksburow shallbecome a towneship, ... and to have the prveledges of a towne..." (Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, p. 62.)
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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), 43. [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.  
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<center>'''Associated names''' </center>
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Duxbury at times has been called Ducksburrow, Green Harbor, Mattakeeset, and Namassakeesett.  
  
'''Archiac name:''' Ducksburrow, Green Harbor, Namassakeesett, Mattakeeset
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Village or section names include Ashdod, Captain's Hill, Cedar Crest, Duxbury Beach, Fordsville, Gardnerville, Hall's Corner, Hatchville, Island Creek, Millbork, North Duxbury, Powder Point, South Duxbury, Tarklin, Tinertown, and West Duxbury.
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<center>'''Border changes''' </center>
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{| border="1" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1"
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|-
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! width="100" scope="col" | Dates
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! width="500" scope="col" | Events
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|-
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| 7 June 1637
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| "... Ducksburrow shall become a towneship ..." [Ply. Col. Rec. 1: 62]
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|-
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| 2 Mar. 1641
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| Border established.
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|-
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| 3 June 1656
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| The part called "Duxburrow New Plantation" set off as new town of [[Bridgewater, Massachusetts|Bridgewater]].
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|-
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| 2 Mar. 1658
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| "Namassekeesett" annexed.
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|-
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| 5 Mar. 1661
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| Land granted to Duxbury.
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|-
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| 5 July 1670
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| Border between Duxbury and the "Major's Purchase" established.
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|-
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| 5 June 1678
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| Border established.
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| 23 Feb. 1683
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| Border between Duxbury and Marshfield established.
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|-
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| 21 Mar. 1712
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| Mattakeeset set off as part of new town of [[Pembroke, Massachusetts|Pembroke]].
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|-
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| 16 June 1726
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| Part included in the new town of [[Kingston, Massachusetts|Kingston]].
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|-
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| 14 June 1813
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| Border between Duxbury and Marshfield established.
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|-
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| 14 Apr. 1857
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| Part annexed to Kingston.
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|}
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== Town Histories  ==
  
'''Section/Villages within the town:''' Ashdod, Captain's Hill, Cedar Crest, Duxbury Beach, Fordsville, Gardnerville, Hall's Corner, Hatchville, Island Creek, Millbrook, North Duxbury, Powder Point, South Duxbury, Tarklin, Tinkertown, West Duxbury
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Works written on the town include: {{MAPlyDuxMap}}
  
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duxbury,_Massachusetts Wikipedia]  
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*Justin Winsor, ''History of the Town of Duxbury, Massachusetts, with Genealogical Register'' (Boston, 1849) [many reprints available], viii, 360 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/historyoftownofd00wins Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=3koWAAAAYAAJ Google Books], and on [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48227 Ancestry] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1745495 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|232463|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/D1 H2wj}} (with link to digital version) and {{FHL|232463|item|disp=FHL film 844947 Item 2}}.<br>
  
==== Boundary Changes <ref name="MaTowns">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/49562661 ''Historical data relating to counties, cities, and towns in Massachusetts''] (Boston, Massachusetts : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1997), [FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997].</ref> ====
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::The family sketches include the families: Alden, Ames, Andrews, Armstrong, Arddaton, Arnold, Baker, Barker, Barstow, Bartin, Bartlett, Bassett, Bates, Beare, Biddle, Bisbee, Bishop, Blush, Bonney, Booth, Bosworth, Bourne, Bowers, Bowman, Bradford, Brett, Brewster, Briggs, Brown, Bryant, Bumpus, Burgess, Burne, Burton, Butler, Carver, Cary, Chamberlain, Chandler, Chapman, Church, Clark, Coe, Cole, Collier, Cooper, Corvannel, Cullifer, Curtis, Cushing, Cushman, Dammon, Darling, Davis, Davy, Dawes, Delano, Despard, Devell, Dingley, Drew, Dwelley, Eaton, Ensign, Eversor, Ferniside, Fish, Fisher, Fobes, Ford, Frazer, Freeman, Frost, Fuller, Gannett, Gardner, Glass, Godfrey, Goole, Gorham, Haden, Hales, Hall, Harlow, hanbury, Handmer, Hanks, Harding, Harlow, Harmon, Harris, Hartub, Hatch, Hathaway, Hawes, hayward, hewitt, Hicks, Hill, Hillier, Holmes, House, Howard, Howland, Hudson, Hunt, Hussey, Irish, Jackson, Joyce, Keene, Kemp, Kidbye, Knight, Lambert, Land, Latham, Lathley, Lathrop, Lawrence, Lazell, Leonard, Leurich, Leyhorne, Lindall, Loring, Louden, Macomber, Magoon, Maynard, McFarland, McLaughlin, Mendall, Mendame, Menlowe, Merrick, Mitchell, Moore, Morey, Morton, Mullins, Mynor (Minor), Nash, Neal, Nelson, Norcut, Oldham, Osborn, Pabodie, Paddock, Palmer, Parris, Partridge, Peakes, Peirce, Peterson, Phillips, Pidcock, Pollard, Pontus, Prence, Prince, Prior, Randall, Read, Reynolds, Richards, Richardson, Ripley, Robbins, Roberts, Robinson, Rogers, Rose, Rouse, Rowe, Russell, Samson, Saunders, Seabury, Shaw, Shawson, Sherman, Simmons, Smith, Snow, Soule, Southworth, Sprague, Sprout, Standish, Stanford, Starr, Stetson, Stockbridge, Switzer, Sylvester, Thacher, Thomas, Thorp, Tisdell, Tompkins, Tower, Tracy, Truant, Tubbs, Turner, Ussell, Vincent, Wadsworth, Walker, Wallis, Wanton, Washburn, Waterman, Watson, West, Weston, Weyborne, White, Williamson, Willis, Wilson, Wing, Winslow, Winsor, Witherell, and Wormall.<br>
  
'''2 March 1641:''' Bounds established.  
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*''Copy of the Old Records of the Town of Duxbury, Mass., from 1642 to 1770, made in the year 1892'' (Plymouth, Mass., 1893), 348 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/copyofoldrecords00duxb Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=RJ4lAAAAMAAJ Google Books], and on [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=29627 Ancestry] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1689315 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|11407|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/D1 N2e}} (with link to digital version) and {{FHL|11407|item|disp=FHL film 417931}}.<br>
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*E. J. V. Huiginn, ''The Graves of Myles Standish and other Pilgrims'' (Beverly, Mass., rev. and enl. ed., 1914), 218 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/gravesofmylessta01huig Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=Ha1UOnX4ut4C Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2488191 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|453260|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/D1 H2wj}}.<br>
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*Ellesley Waldo Long, ed.''The Story of Duxbury, 1637-1937'' (Duxbury, Mass., [1937]), xiv, + 237 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/4598323 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|231219|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/D1 H2L}}.
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*Dorothy Wentworth, ''Settlement and Growth of Duxbury, 1628-1870'' (Duxbury, Mass., 1973), xiv, 144 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/8953621 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|172600|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/D1 H2we}}.
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duxbury,_Massachusetts Duxbury Wikipedia page].
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== Vital Records  ==
  
'''3 June 1656:''' Part called the "Duxburrow New Plantation" established as Bridgewater.  
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The town's vital records are available in many locations:
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<center>'''Original records''' </center>
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*[http://www.town.duxbury.ma.us/Public_Documents/DuxburyMA_Clerk/index '''Duxbury Town Clerk's Office''']<br>878 Tremont Street<br>Duxbury MA 02332<br>Phone 781-934-1100 ext. 150<br>Email [mailto:Town-Clerk@Town.Duxbury.MA.US Town-Clerk@Town.Duxbury.MA.US]
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*Microfilm of the originals created by the Family History Library, Town and vital records, 1645-1826, {{FHL|1983|item|disp=FHL films 417933-417934}}; Births by family, 1702-1771, {{FHL|3072|item|disp=FHL film 417932}}; Births, 1774-1849, {{FHL|21171|item|disp=FHL film 416800}}.<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-D59%3A1957570857%3Fcc%3D2061550 FamilySearch].
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*Microfiche of the originals created by Archive Publishing covering town records that included vital records and a few other town records, 1661-1907, on 52 fiche. Part of [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2495 ''Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections, 1620–1988''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] ($); Index<br>
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*Official state copy of vital records starting in 1841:<br>[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/ '''Massachusetts Archives''']<br>220 Morrissey Blvd.<br>Boston MA 02125<br>Phone 617-727-2816<br>Email [mailto:archives@sec.state.ma.us archives@sec.state.ma.us]<br>[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/archrs/hrsidx.htm Hours and Directions]<br> See the [[Massachusetts Vital Records|online guide]] for more information.<br>
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<center>'''Published records''' </center>
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*''Vital Records of Duxbury, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Boston, 1911).<br>This volume was microfilmed by the Family History Library, {{FHL|107590|item|disp=FHL film 481072 Item 3}}; abstracted online at [http://plymouthcolony.net/duxbury/vitalrecords/001.html PlymouthColony.net]; and in digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/vitalrecordsofdu00duxb Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=mfR4AAAAMAAJ Google Books]. In database at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=344&Da=190&Co=191&Rg=218&Ci=Duxbury American Ancestors] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2662611 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|107590|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/D1 V2v}}.
  
'''2 March 1658:''' "Namassakeesett" annexex.  
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::This includes, in part, church records from the First Church and Parish of Duxbury (C.R.1), First Society of Methodists (C.R.2), Pilgrim Church (C.R.3), and the Society of Friends of Pembroke [now (1911) with the Society at New Bedford] (C.R.4). Deaths are included from Old Cem., Chestnut Street, South Duxbury (G.R.1), Dingley Cem., Crooked Lane (G.R.2), Large Cem. (G.R.3), Ashdod Cem. (G.R.4), and the cemetery in back of the present [1911] Episcopal Church, formerly the Methodist Church (G.R.5).<br>
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:[Note: Missing are seven marriages from county court records for 1693 and 1694 published in ''Pilgrim Notes and Queries'', 3 [1915]: 120-122.]
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<center>'''Online records''' </center>
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*Town and vital records, 1645-1826, Births by family, 1702-1771, Births, 1774-1849, 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-D59%3A1957570857%3Fcc%3D2061550 FamilySearch].
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== City Directories  ==
  
'''5 March 1661:''' Certrain tract of land granted to Duxbury and Marshfield.  
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Duxbury was published in 1894, 1906, 1910, 1914, 1915.  
  
'''5 July 1670:''' Bounds between Duxbury and the "Major's Purchase" established.  
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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].  
  
'''5 June 1678:''' Bounds established. 23 February 1683: Bounds between Duxbury and Marshfield established.
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Other holdings:  
  
'''21 March 1712:''' Part included in the new town of Pembroke.  
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2469 Ancestry] ($) has 1915.
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*[http://www.bpl.org/ Boston Public Library] has none.
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*[https://familysearch.org/ Family History Library (Salt Lake City)] has 1894, 1906, 1910, 1914 {{FHL|1129237|item|disp=FHL various film records}}.
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*[http://www.fold3.com/browse.php#223%7C fold3] ($) has none.
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*[http://www.mass.gov/anf/research-and-tech/oversight-agencies/lib/ Massachusetts State Library] has 1894, 1906, 1915.
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*[http://library.nehgs.org/search~S0?/dduxbury+mass/dduxbury+mass/1%2C10%2C41%2CB/exact&FF=dduxbury+mass+directories&1%2C2%2C New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston)] ($) has 1894, 1915.
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== Cemeteries  ==
  
'''16 Jun 1726:''' Part included in the new town of Kingston  
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The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Duxbury. Remember that the "old" town included present-day Bridgewater, Kingston, and Pembroke. For location of cemeteries, see [http://plymouthcolony.net/duxbury/cemeteries.html PlymouthColony website]. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject. The town cemetery department has created a [http://www.town.duxbury.ma.us/public_documents/duxburyma_cemetery/history.pdf cemetery history] for the town.<br>
  
'''14 Jun 1813:''' Bounds between Duxbury andMarshfield established.  
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:#Ashdod Cemetery, 1811. (A, B)
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:#Cemetery behind old Methodist Church [now (1911) Episcopal Church], n.d. (A, B)
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:#Crooked Lane / Dingley Cemetery, 18th Century. (A, B)
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:#First Church, n.d. (B)
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:#Large Cemetery, n.d. (A)
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:#Old Burying Ground / Standish Cemetery, 17th Century. (A, B)
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:#Orthodox Church Cemetery, South Duxbury, n.d.
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:#Unitarian Church Cemetery, 1788. (B)
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:#Walker Cemetery, n.d.
  
'''14 April 1857:''' Part annexed to Kingston.  
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Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:<br> (A). ''Vital Records of Duxbury, 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>
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== Churches  ==
  
==== Neighboring Communities  ====
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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.
  
[[Kingston, Massachusetts|Kingston]] | [[Marshfield, Massachusetts|Marshfield]] | [[Pembroke, Massachusetts|Pembroke]] | [[Plymouth, Massachusetts|Plymouth]] |
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:#First Unitarian Church (now [http://www.duxburyuu.org/ First Parish Church]), 1632, records lost before 1739.
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:#Society of Friends, 1702 [attached to the Pembroke Monthly Meeting, and by 1876 to the New Bedford Monthly Meeting].
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:#Pilgrim [Congregational] Church (now [http://www.pilgrimchurchofduxbury.org/ Pilgrim Church of Duxbury]) [United Church of Christ], 1843, no condition given.
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:#Methodist Episcopal Church, 1868, no condition given
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:#Christian Science Church, n.d.
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:#[http://www.fbcd.org/ First Baptist Church of Duxbury], n.d.
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:#[http://www.highstreetumc.org/ High Street United Methodist Church], n.d.
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:#[http://holyfamilyduxbury.org/ Holy Family Parish] [Catholic], n.d.
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:#[http://www.stjohnsduxbury.org/St_John_The_Evangelist_Episcopal_Duxbury/Home.html St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church], n.d.
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:#[http://www.stpaulsnazarene.org/ St. Paul's Church of the Nazarene], n.d.
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== Newspapers  ==
  
== Resources ==
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:#''Duxbury Clipper'', 1969-present.
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:#''Duxbury Reporter'', 1987-present.
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:#''Duxbury Mariner'', 1996-present.
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== Libraries and Historical Societies ==
  
==== Biography  ====
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The following is a list of research facilities in town:
  
Also see: Genealogy, History
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[http://www.duxburyfreelibrary.org/ '''Duxbury Free Library''']<br>77 Alden Street<br>Duxbury MA 02332<br> Phone 781-934-2721<br>
  
==== [[Duxbury,_Massachusetts_Cemeteries|Cemeteries]] ====
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[http://www.duxburyhistory.org/ '''The Duxbury Rural &amp; Historical Society''']<br>479 Washington Street<br>Duxbury MA 02331<br>Phone 781-934-6106<br>Email: [mailto:info@duxburyhistory.org info@duxburyhistory.org]<br>
  
Please see the page, due to length of the list.
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[http://www.alden.org/ '''Alden Kindred of America''']<br>105 Alden Street<br>Duxbury MA 02331<br>Phone 781-934-9092<br>Email: [mailto:aldenhouse@comcast.net aldenhouse@comcast.net]<br>
 
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#[http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=gnispq:3:::NO::P3_FID:613907 USGS GNIS FID 613907]  
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#[http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Duxbury,+Massachusetts Google]
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#[http://massachusetts.hometownlocator.com/maps/bigmap,n,duxbury,fid,615025.cfm Hometown Locator]
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#[http://books.google.com/books?id=mfR4AAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=Vital+Records+of+Duxbury&client=firefox-a Google Book] - Vital Records of Duxbury to the Year of 1850.
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== References  ==
 
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United States Gotoarrow.png Massachusetts Gotoarrow.png Plymouth Gotoarrow.png Duxbury

This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of Duxbury. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries. There are detailed guides for the towns set off from Duxbury: Bridgewater, Kingston, and Pembroke.

Contents

Brief History

This area was first settled in 1632 by people from Plymouth and set off from that town in 1637. During this century, the town was always in the jurisdiction of Plymouth Colony. 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

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

Associated names

Duxbury at times has been called Ducksburrow, Green Harbor, Mattakeeset, and Namassakeesett.

Village or section names include Ashdod, Captain's Hill, Cedar Crest, Duxbury Beach, Fordsville, Gardnerville, Hall's Corner, Hatchville, Island Creek, Millbork, North Duxbury, Powder Point, South Duxbury, Tarklin, Tinertown, and West Duxbury.

Border changes
Dates Events
7 June 1637 "... Ducksburrow shall become a towneship ..." [Ply. Col. Rec. 1: 62]
2 Mar. 1641 Border established.
3 June 1656 The part called "Duxburrow New Plantation" set off as new town of Bridgewater.
2 Mar. 1658 "Namassekeesett" annexed.
5 Mar. 1661 Land granted to Duxbury.
5 July 1670 Border between Duxbury and the "Major's Purchase" established.
5 June 1678 Border established.
23 Feb. 1683 Border between Duxbury and Marshfield established.
21 Mar. 1712 Mattakeeset set off as part of new town of Pembroke.
16 June 1726 Part included in the new town of Kingston.
14 June 1813 Border between Duxbury and Marshfield established.
14 Apr. 1857 Part annexed to Kingston.
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Town Histories

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


The family sketches include the families: Alden, Ames, Andrews, Armstrong, Arddaton, Arnold, Baker, Barker, Barstow, Bartin, Bartlett, Bassett, Bates, Beare, Biddle, Bisbee, Bishop, Blush, Bonney, Booth, Bosworth, Bourne, Bowers, Bowman, Bradford, Brett, Brewster, Briggs, Brown, Bryant, Bumpus, Burgess, Burne, Burton, Butler, Carver, Cary, Chamberlain, Chandler, Chapman, Church, Clark, Coe, Cole, Collier, Cooper, Corvannel, Cullifer, Curtis, Cushing, Cushman, Dammon, Darling, Davis, Davy, Dawes, Delano, Despard, Devell, Dingley, Drew, Dwelley, Eaton, Ensign, Eversor, Ferniside, Fish, Fisher, Fobes, Ford, Frazer, Freeman, Frost, Fuller, Gannett, Gardner, Glass, Godfrey, Goole, Gorham, Haden, Hales, Hall, Harlow, hanbury, Handmer, Hanks, Harding, Harlow, Harmon, Harris, Hartub, Hatch, Hathaway, Hawes, hayward, hewitt, Hicks, Hill, Hillier, Holmes, House, Howard, Howland, Hudson, Hunt, Hussey, Irish, Jackson, Joyce, Keene, Kemp, Kidbye, Knight, Lambert, Land, Latham, Lathley, Lathrop, Lawrence, Lazell, Leonard, Leurich, Leyhorne, Lindall, Loring, Louden, Macomber, Magoon, Maynard, McFarland, McLaughlin, Mendall, Mendame, Menlowe, Merrick, Mitchell, Moore, Morey, Morton, Mullins, Mynor (Minor), Nash, Neal, Nelson, Norcut, Oldham, Osborn, Pabodie, Paddock, Palmer, Parris, Partridge, Peakes, Peirce, Peterson, Phillips, Pidcock, Pollard, Pontus, Prence, Prince, Prior, Randall, Read, Reynolds, Richards, Richardson, Ripley, Robbins, Roberts, Robinson, Rogers, Rose, Rouse, Rowe, Russell, Samson, Saunders, Seabury, Shaw, Shawson, Sherman, Simmons, Smith, Snow, Soule, Southworth, Sprague, Sprout, Standish, Stanford, Starr, Stetson, Stockbridge, Switzer, Sylvester, Thacher, Thomas, Thorp, Tisdell, Tompkins, Tower, Tracy, Truant, Tubbs, Turner, Ussell, Vincent, Wadsworth, Walker, Wallis, Wanton, Washburn, Waterman, Watson, West, Weston, Weyborne, White, Williamson, Willis, Wilson, Wing, Winslow, Winsor, Witherell, and Wormall.
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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 and Parish of Duxbury (C.R.1), First Society of Methodists (C.R.2), Pilgrim Church (C.R.3), and the Society of Friends of Pembroke [now (1911) with the Society at New Bedford] (C.R.4). Deaths are included from Old Cem., Chestnut Street, South Duxbury (G.R.1), Dingley Cem., Crooked Lane (G.R.2), Large Cem. (G.R.3), Ashdod Cem. (G.R.4), and the cemetery in back of the present [1911] Episcopal Church, formerly the Methodist Church (G.R.5).
[Note: Missing are seven marriages from county court records for 1693 and 1694 published in Pilgrim Notes and Queries, 3 [1915]: 120-122.]
Online records
  • Town and vital records, 1645-1826, Births by family, 1702-1771, Births, 1774-1849, are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on FamilySearch.
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City Directories

Duxbury was published in 1894, 1906, 1910, 1914, 1915.

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 Duxbury. Remember that the "old" town included present-day Bridgewater, Kingston, and Pembroke. For location of cemeteries, see PlymouthColony website. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject. The town cemetery department has created a cemetery history for the town.

  1. Ashdod Cemetery, 1811. (A, B)
  2. Cemetery behind old Methodist Church [now (1911) Episcopal Church], n.d. (A, B)
  3. Crooked Lane / Dingley Cemetery, 18th Century. (A, B)
  4. First Church, n.d. (B)
  5. Large Cemetery, n.d. (A)
  6. Old Burying Ground / Standish Cemetery, 17th Century. (A, B)
  7. Orthodox Church Cemetery, South Duxbury, n.d.
  8. Unitarian Church Cemetery, 1788. (B)
  9. Walker Cemetery, n.d.

Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:
(A). Vital Records of Duxbury, 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.

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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 Unitarian Church (now First Parish Church), 1632, records lost before 1739.
  2. Society of Friends, 1702 [attached to the Pembroke Monthly Meeting, and by 1876 to the New Bedford Monthly Meeting].
  3. Pilgrim [Congregational] Church (now Pilgrim Church of Duxbury) [United Church of Christ], 1843, no condition given.
  4. Methodist Episcopal Church, 1868, no condition given
  5. Christian Science Church, n.d.
  6. First Baptist Church of Duxbury, n.d.
  7. High Street United Methodist Church, n.d.
  8. Holy Family Parish [Catholic], n.d.
  9. St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, n.d.
  10. St. Paul's Church of the Nazarene, n.d.
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Newspapers

  1. Duxbury Clipper, 1969-present.
  2. Duxbury Reporter, 1987-present.
  3. Duxbury Mariner, 1996-present.
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Libraries and Historical Societies

The following is a list of research facilities in town:

Duxbury Free Library
77 Alden Street
Duxbury MA 02332
Phone 781-934-2721

The Duxbury Rural & Historical Society
479 Washington Street
Duxbury MA 02331
Phone 781-934-6106
Email: info@duxburyhistory.org

Alden Kindred of America
105 Alden Street
Duxbury MA 02331
Phone 781-934-9092
Email: aldenhouse@comcast.net

References

  1. William Francis Galvin, Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts (Boston, new ed., 1997), 43. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997
Adjacent towns: Plymouth Co: Kingston | Marshfield | Pembroke | Plymouth