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''[[Portal:United States of America|United States]] > [[Massachusetts]] > [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth County]] > Hingham''  
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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide|Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Hingham'''  
  
== History and Tidbits  ==
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== Brief History ==
  
=== Neighboring Communities  ===
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Hingham was a settlement in [[Massachusetts Bay Colony|'''Massachusetts Bay Colony''']]. The town was placed in [[Suffolk County, Massachusetts|'''Suffolk County''']] when counties were formed in 1643. For a brief time, the town was part of the [[Dominion of New England|Dominion of New England]] from 1686 to 1689. When the new [[Norfolk County, Massachusetts|Norfolk County]] was formed in 1793, Hingham and [[Hull, Massachusetts|Hull]] were cherry-picked to stay in [[Suffolk County, Massachusetts|Suffolk County]] while [[Norfolk County, Massachusetts|Norfolk County]] bordered it on the west and east. Hingham was annexed to [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|'''Plymouth County''']] on 18 June 1803, still leaving its west and east borders with [[Norfolk County, Massachusetts|Norfolk County]]. Hingham remains in [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth County]].
  
== Family History Resources ==
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== Historical Data ==
  
=== Histories, Biographies, and Genealogies ===
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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), 59. [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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Hingham was once called Barecove.
  
[http://books.google.com/books?id=xuigq23ybG0C&printsec=titlepage&source=gbs_summary_r History of Hingham Massachusetts]
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Village or section names include Broad Cove, Conihassett, Crow Point, East Hingham, Fort Hill, Hingham Center, Liberty Plain, Lower Plain, Mount Blue, Nantasket Junction, Naval Magazine, Old Colony Hill, Power Station, Prospect Hill, Queen Anne's Corner, Rocky Nook, South Hingham, U.S. Naval Air Station, Upper Plains, Weir River, West Hingham, and World's End.
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<center>'''Border changes''' </center>
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{| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="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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| 25 Sept. 1634
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| Barecove mentioned in the tax act. [Mass. Bay Rec., 1: 129]
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| 8 July 1635
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| Border between Barecove and Wessaguscus [now Weymouth] to be set out.
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| 2 Sept. 1635
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| The name Barecove changed to Hingham. [Mass. Bay Rec., 1: 156]
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| 3 Sept. 1635
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| Border between Hingham and Weymouth established.
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| 13 May 1640
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| Land at "Conihasset" [i.e. later Cohasset] granted to Hingham.
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| 26 Apr. 1770
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| East or Second Parish set off as the district of Cohasset. [Note: Districts became towns on 23 Aug. 1775]
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| 21 Mar. 1861
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| Border between Hingham and Abington established.
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|-
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| 30 Apr. 1897
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| Border between Hingham and Cohasset, Norwell, and Scituate established.
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|-
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| 23 Mar. 1928
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| Border between Hingham and Cohasset re-established.
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|}
  
=== Cemeteries ===
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== Town Histories ==
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Works written on the town include: {{MAPlyHinMap}}
  
=== Historical Societies  ===
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*Solomon Lincoln, ''History of the Town of Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts'' (Hingham, Mass., 1827), iv, 183 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/historyoftownofh00linc Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=EFvXl1EtBmoC Google Books], [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=18876 Ancestry] ($), and on [http://www.gooboogeni.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1106 GooBooGeni].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1653268 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|182938|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/H1 M2b}} or {{FHL|750885|item|disp=FHL fiche 6081502}}.<br>
  
=== Genealogy Societies  ===
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::There are sketches on Hobart, Lincoln, and Wilder families.
  
=== City or Town Website  ===
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*Fearing Burr and George Lincoln, ''The Town of Hingham in the late Civil War, with sketches of its Soldiers and Sailors, also the address and other exercises at the dedication of the soldiers' and sailors' monument'' (Boston, 1876), 455 pp..<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/townofhinghaminl00burr Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=b_3xEDhfMDAC Google Books], and on [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=18883 Ancestry] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/3078948 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|182938|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/H1 M2b}} or {{FHL|783323|item|disp=FHL fiche 6083021}}.
  
=== City or Historical Libraries ===
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*''History of the Town of Hingham, Massachusetts'' (Hingham, Mass., 1893), 3v. in 4 [Note: ''The Genealogies'' being v. 2-3 were reprinted in 1v. (Somersworth, N.H., 1982), 486, 429 pp.<br>Digital versions at Internet Archive ([http://archive.org/details/historyoftownofh01hing v.1] and[http://archive.org/details/historyoftownofh0203hing v.2-3]), Google Books ([http://books.google.com/books?id=OQ4WAAAAYAAJ v.1 pt. 1], [http://books.google.com/books?id=XFRZJeICfukC v.1 pt. 2], [http://books.google.com/books?id=qpEnX7qp3_8C v.2], and [[http://books.google.com/books?id=B2ElTqsiebMC v.3]), and a transcription for v.2-3 [http://plymouthcolony.net/hingham/history/families.html online].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2146590 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|160033|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/H1 H2h v. # or films 962282-962283}}.<br>
  
=== Nearest Family History Center  ===
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::This work includes families from the east or second precinct until 1770 when it became the separate town of Cohasset. Sketches include: Abbott, Adamas, Adderton, Adriaenssens, Allen, Anderson, Andrew(s), Bacon, Bailey, Baker, Baldwin, Ballard, Balston, Bampton, Bangs, Banister, Bantlett / Bentlett / Bentley, Barber, Barker, Barnard, Barnes, Barrell, Barrett, Barry, Barstow, Bartlett, Barton, Barton, Bass, Bassett, Batchelder, Bates, Battles, Baylies, Beal(e), Bearse, Belcher, Bennett, Benson, Berry, Betscome, Bibby, Bicknell, Bills, Binney, Bisbee, Black, Blair, Blake, Blany, Bloodworth, Blossom, Boardman, Bogle, Bond, Benny, Bosworth, Botting, Bourne, Bouve, Bowers, Bowser, Boynton, Bradford, Bramhall / Brimhall, Brassel, Breams, Breed, Breen, Brett, Brewer, Briggs / Bridges, Bronsdon, Brooks, Brossard, Broughton, Brown, Bruce, Bryant, Buck, Buckland, Buckley, Buerly, Buker, Bull, Bullen, Burbank, Burdett / Burditt, Burns, Burr, Burrell, Burtenshaw, Burton, Butler, Buttimer, Cain, Caldwell, Campbell, Canterbury, Carnes, Carr, Carter, Carver, Caryl / Carrel, Casey, Cazneau, Chaffee, Chamberlain, Chapman, Chessman, Childs, Chittenden, Chubbuck, Church, Churchill, Clapp, Clark, Cleverly, Cobb, Cockeril, Cockram, Coffey, Coit, Colbath, Colby, Cole, Collamore, Collier, Colman, Colson, Condon, Connally, Cook, Combes, Corbett, Cooper, Corcoran, Corthell, Coughlan, Cowell, Cowing, Cox, Craig, Crehan, Creswell, Croade, Crocker, Crosby, Cross, Crowe, Crowell, Cudworth, Cunde, Curtis, Cushing, Cutler, Dacey, Daggett, Daley, Damon, Daniels, Davis, Dawes, Dawson / Dorson, Day, Dayton, Dean, Delargy, Dill, Dixon, Doane, Dolan, Donovan, Dorby, Dorr, Doughty, Douglass, Dower, Druce, Dukes, Dunbar, Dunham, Dunkin / Duncan, Dunn, Dunning, Dwelley, Dyer, Eames, Easterbrook, Eaton, Edes, Eells, Egre, Eldredge, English, Enos, Ensign, Everett, Ewell, Ewer, Fair, Fanning, Farmer, Farnsworth, Farrow / Farrer, Fearing / Ferin, Fee, Field, Finney, Fisher, Fiske, Fletcher, Flint, Foley, Folsom, Ford, Foster, Fotler, Fowle, Franklin, Freeman, French, Frost, Fuller, Gammons, Fannett, Gardner / Garnet, Gates, Gay, Gibbons, Gibbs, Gilbert / Gilbard, Gilford, Gilkey, Gill, Gilman, Gold, Good, Goodwin, Goold / Gould, Gordon, Gorman, Grafton, Grant, Graves, Gray, Greeley, Green, Greenleaf, Groce / Gross, Grover, Gunn, Hall, Halley / Holly, Hamlin, Hammond, Hann, Harden / Harding, Hardy, Harlow, Harris, Hart, Harvey, Haskell, Hassell / Harshall, Hatch, Havey, Hawes, Hawke, Hayes, Hayward / Howard, Henderson, Hennessy, Hersey, Hichborn, Hickey, Higgins, Hill, Hilliard, Hillman, Hinckley, Hines, Hobart / Hubbard, Hodsden, Holbrook, Holden, Hollis, Holmes, Hooper, Hopkins, Horswell, Horton, Hough, Howard / Hayward, Howe(s), Hudson, Huet / Hewitt, Hughs, Hull, Humphrey, Hunt, Hussey, Hutchings, Ibrook, Ings, Jacob, James, Jenkins, Jennings, Jepson / Gipson, Jernegan, Jewell, Jewett, Johns, Johnson, Jones, Jordan / Jourdaine, Josselyn / Joslin / Jocelyn, Joy, Joyce, Judkins, Keating, Keen, Keeshan, Kehoe, Keliher, Kelsey, Kenerson, Kent, Kilborn / Kilburn, Kilby, Kimball, King, Kingman, Kittredge, Lahee, Lambert, Landers, Lane, Lang, Langer, Langley, Lapham, Lasell / Lazell, Lawrence, Lawson, Leary, Leavitt, LeBaron, Legary / Legere, Leigh, Lemner, Lemon, Leonard, Lewis, Lincoln, Linscot, Lisle, Litchfield, Little, Lobdell / Lobden, Long, Lord, Lorden, Loring / Lorraine, Lothrop, Loud, Lovell, Lovett, Lovis, Low(e), Ludkin, Lyford, Macvarlo / Mackfarlin, Magnor, Magoon / McGoun, Maguire / McGuire, Mahoney, Malbon, Mann, Manning / Munning, Mansfield, Manuel, Marble / Marvel, Margetts, Marsh, Marshall, Martin, Mason, May / Mayes, Mayhew / Mayo, McCarty, McDermott, McDonough, McHolin, McKee, McKenna, McLeod, McNeil, Mead, Means, Mears, Melcher, Merrick, Merritt, Meservey, Miller, Minard / Minor, Mitchell, Moore, Moorfield, More, Morey, Morrissey, Morse, Morton, Mott, Mulford, Murphy, Murray, Muzzey, Nash, Neal, Nelson, Newcomb, Newhall, Nichols, Nickerson / Nicholson, Noel, Noonan, Norris, North, Norton, Noyes, Nudd, Nye / Ney, Oakes, O'Brien, O'Connell, O'Keefe, Orcutt, Orton, Osborn, Otis / Oates, Our Ourish, Overton, Packard / Parker, Page, Palmer, Papley, Parker, Patterson, Payson, Peakes, Peare, Peck, Peirce / Pearce / Perse, Penfold, Penny, Perkins, Perry, Pettingill, Phillips, Phinney, Phippen(y), Picanco, Pierce, Pike, Pitcher, Pittee, Pitts, Podyer / Podyeard, Pool(e), Poor / Pore, Porter, Powers, Pratt, Price, Prichart / Pritchard, Prince, Prouty, Puffer, Pugsley, Pullen, Pyne, Quincy, Quinn, Rafferty, Randall, Ranger, Ray, Record, Reed, Reedman, Remington, Ricard, Rice, Rich, Richards, Richardson, Ricket, Riddle, Riley, Ripley, Robbins, Roberts, Robinson, Rockett, Rogers, Rowe, Rowland, Russell, Rust, Ryan, Sanborn, Sargent, Savell, Sayer / Sawyer, Scully, Searle, Sears, Seymour, Sheffell, Sherman, Sherrow / Sharrow, Shumway, Shute, Sides, Simmons / Symonson, Sivret, Slack, Slader, Smith, Sneath, Snell, Soule, Souther, Southworth, Spalding, Spear, Spooner, Sprague, Spring, Stanton, Stearns, Steel, Stephenson, Stetson / Stutson, Stevens, Stevernson, Stewart, Stock, Stockbridge, Stockwell, Stodder / Stoddard, Stone, Stowell / Stoel, Stowers, Strange, Stratton, Strauss, Strong, Studley, Sturtevant, Sutton, Swift, Sylvester, Taylor, Teague / Tegge, Tewells / Tuels, Thaxter, Thayer, Thomas, Thompson, Thorn(e), Throop, Tidmarsh, Tilden, Tinsley, Tirrell, Todd, Torrey, Totman, Tower, Townsend, Trask, Trowbridge, Tucker, Turner, Tuttle / Tuthill, Underwood, Vickery, Vinal, Vining, Vinton, Vogle, Vose, Wade, Wakefield, Wakely, Wall, Wallace, Walton, Ward, Ware, Warren, Waterman, Waters, Watson, Webb, Welch, West, Wheaton, Wheelwright, Whitcomb, White, Whiting, Whitman, Whitmarsh, Whitney, Whiton / Witon / Whiting, Wilcutt, Wilde, Wilder, Wildes, Wilks, Willard, Williams, Wilson, Winchester, Wing, Winslow, Winter, Wolfe, Woodcock, Woods, Woodward, Worrick / Warwick, Worth, Wright, Wyborn, Wyer, Young.<br>
  
Hingham Massachusetts <br>379 Gardner St<br>Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States<br>Phone: 781-749-4815<br>Hours: T 6:30pm-9pm; Th 9am -2pm; Sat 9am-1pm<br>Closed: Aug: Saturdays
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*John J. Waters, "Hingham, Massachusetts, 1631-1661: an East Anglian Oligarchy in the New World" in the ''Journal of Social History'', 1 [1967-1968]: 351-370.<br>Digital version at [http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/3786629?uid=373969 Jstor] ($ - free through public library).
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*Hingham Historical Society's [http://www.hinghamhistorical.org/History_digital%20history_Hingham.htm digital book links].
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hingham,_Massachusetts Hingham Wikipedia page].
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== Vital Records  ==
  
== Genealogy and History Websites ==
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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.hingham-ma.gov/townclerk/index.html '''Hingham Town Clerk's Office''']<br>210 Central Street<br>Hingham MA 02043<br>Phone 781-741-1410<br>
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*Microfilm of the originals created by the Family History Library, 1635-1880, {{FHL|512186|item|disp=FHL films 423520-423521}}; 1877-1899, {{FHL|513192|item|disp=FHL film 423522}}; Index, 1635-1899, {{FHL|512186|item|disp=FHL film 423518}}; 1900-1905, {{FHL|766244|item|disp=FHL film 2031517}}.
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*Microfiche of the originals created by Archive Publishing covering vital records, 1635-1900, on 238 fiche. Part of [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2495 ''Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections, 1620–1988''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] ($); Index
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*Reuben Hersey, "Hingham Vital Records" (ms., 1832-1844), New England Historic Genealogical Society, Manuscripts Dept., Mss 901, and available [http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=0344&Da=324 online] ($).
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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.
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<center>'''Published records''' </center>
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There are no published vital records for Hingham, but thought to be mostly included in the 1893 history in volumes 2 and 3.
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== City Directories ==
  
[[Category:Plymouth County, Massachusetts]]
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Hingham was published in 1894, 1902/3, 1905/6, 1908/9, 1912/3, 1915, 1920, 1925-1930.
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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] ($) has 1894, 1908, 1912, 1915, 1920, 1925, 1928.
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*[http://www.bpl.org/ Boston Public Library] has 1925-1927.
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*[https://familysearch.org/ Family History Library (Salt Lake City)] has 1902/3, 1905/6, 1908/9, 1912/3, 1915, 1920, 1925-1927 on {{FHL|1129288|item|disp=FHL various film records}}.
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*[http://www.fold3.com/browse.php#223%7C fold3] ($) has none.
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*[http://www.mass.gov/anf/research-and-tech/oversight-agencies/lib/ Massachusetts State Library] has 1894, 1902/3, 1905/6, 1908/9, 1912/3, 1915, 1920, 1925-1930.
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*[http://library.nehgs.org/search~S0?/dhingham+mass/dhingham+mass/1%2C16%2C83%2CB/exact&FF=dhingham+mass+directories&1%2C4%2C/indexsort=- New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston)] ($) has 1894, 1902/3, 1905/6, 1908/9, 1912/3, 1915, 1920, 1925-1930.
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== Cemeteries  ==
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The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Hingham. Remember that the "old" town included present-day Cohasset. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject. For location of cemeteries, see [http://plymouthcolony.net/hingham/cemeteries.html PlymouthColony website]. The Holbrook Research Institute (now [http://www.archivepublishing.com/biblio_ma_h/biblio_hingham.htm Archive Publishing] - at the bottom of the page) made 43 fiche that cover plans and indexes for several of these cemeteries.<br>
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:#Barnes and Stoddard Cemetery, 1820. (A)
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:#Fort Hill Street Cemetery, 1751. (A)
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:#High Street Cemetery, 1688. (A)
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:#Hingham Center Cemetery, 1684. (A)
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:#Liberty Plain Cemetery, 1739. (A)
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:#Old Ship or Hingham Cemetery, 1657. ([http://www.hinghamcemetery.org/ online site] and [http://www.hinghamcemetery.org/HinghamCemeteryData.pdf alphabetized transcription])
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St. Paul's Cemetery, 1859.
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Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:<br> (A). [http://www.americanancestors.org/home.html New England Historic Genealogical Society], in various manuscripts.<br>
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== Churches  ==
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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.
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:#First Parish Unitarian Church (now [http://oldshipchurch.org/ Old Ship Church], First Parish in Hingham, Unitarian Universalist Church), 1635, records good (no records before 1718, but Rev. Peter Hobart's records, 1635-1745, survive).
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:#Second Parish Unitarian Church (now [http://www.secondparish.org/ Second parish Unitarian Universalist Church]), South Hingham, 1745, records good.
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:#Third Congregational Society (now [http://www.newnorthchurch-hingham.org/ New North Church]), 1807, records good.
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:#Methodist Episcopal Church, 1818, records good.
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:#Universalist Church, 1823, no condition given, records started in 1861.
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:#[http://www.firstbaptistchurchhingham.org/ First Baptist Church], 1828, records good.
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:#Evangelical Congregational Church, 1847, records fair.
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:#[http://www.stpaulhingham.net/ St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church], 1872, records good.
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:#St. John's Protestant Episcopal Church (now [http://www.stjohns-hingham.org/ Episcopal Parish of St. John the Evangelist]), n.d., no records found in 1889.
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:#[http://www.hinghamchurch.org/ Hingham Reformed Church], 1890.
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:#[http://www.hccucc.com/ Hingham Congregational United Church of Christ], n.d.
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:#[http://www.resurrectionhingham.org/ Church of the Resurrection Roman Catholic Church], n.d.
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:#[http://southshorebaptist.com/ South Shore Baptist Church], 1947.
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:#[http://www.northst.org/ North Street Community Chapel], n.d.
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== Newspapers  ==
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:#''Hingham Gazette'', 1833-1837.
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:#''Hingham Journal'' (sometimes ''and South Shore Advertiser'' or ''and Mariner''), 1871-present.
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:#''Hingham Mariner'', 1984-1993.
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== Libraries and Historical Societies  ==
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The following is a list of research facilities in town:
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[http://www.hinghamlibrary.org/ '''Hingham Public Library''']<br>66 Leavitt Street<br>Hingham MA 02043<br>Phone 781-741-1405
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[http://www.hinghamhistorical.org/ '''Hingham Historical Society''']<br>34 Main Street<br>PO Box 434<br>Hingham MA 02043<br>Phone 781-749-7721<br>Email [mailto:info@hinghamhistorical.org info@hinghamhistorical.org]
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'''Hingham Family History Center'''<br>379 Gardner Street<br>Hingham MA 02043<br>Phone 781-749-4815
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== References  ==
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<center>'''Adjacent towns: ''Plymouth Co:'' [[Hull, Massachusetts|Hull]] | [[Norwell, Massachusetts|Norwell]] | [[Rockland, Massachusetts|Rockland]] | [[Scituate, Massachusetts|Scituate]] ''Norfolk Co.:'' [[Cohasset, Massachusetts|Cohasset]] | [[Quincy, Massachusetts|Quincy]] | [[Weymouth, Massachusetts|Weymouth]]'''</center>
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Contents

Brief History

Hingham was a settlement in Massachusetts Bay Colony. The town was placed in Suffolk County when counties were formed in 1643. For a brief time, the town was part of the Dominion of New England from 1686 to 1689. When the new Norfolk County was formed in 1793, Hingham and Hull were cherry-picked to stay in Suffolk County while Norfolk County bordered it on the west and east. Hingham was annexed to Plymouth County on 18 June 1803, still leaving its west and east borders with Norfolk County. Hingham remains in Plymouth County.

Historical Data

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

Associated names

Hingham was once called Barecove.

Village or section names include Broad Cove, Conihassett, Crow Point, East Hingham, Fort Hill, Hingham Center, Liberty Plain, Lower Plain, Mount Blue, Nantasket Junction, Naval Magazine, Old Colony Hill, Power Station, Prospect Hill, Queen Anne's Corner, Rocky Nook, South Hingham, U.S. Naval Air Station, Upper Plains, Weir River, West Hingham, and World's End.

Border changes
Dates Events
25 Sept. 1634 Barecove mentioned in the tax act. [Mass. Bay Rec., 1: 129]
8 July 1635 Border between Barecove and Wessaguscus [now Weymouth] to be set out.
2 Sept. 1635 The name Barecove changed to Hingham. [Mass. Bay Rec., 1: 156]
3 Sept. 1635 Border between Hingham and Weymouth established.
13 May 1640 Land at "Conihasset" [i.e. later Cohasset] granted to Hingham.
26 Apr. 1770 East or Second Parish set off as the district of Cohasset. [Note: Districts became towns on 23 Aug. 1775]
21 Mar. 1861 Border between Hingham and Abington established.
30 Apr. 1897 Border between Hingham and Cohasset, Norwell, and Scituate established.
23 Mar. 1928 Border between Hingham and Cohasset re-established.

Town Histories

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


There are sketches on Hobart, Lincoln, and Wilder families.
This work includes families from the east or second precinct until 1770 when it became the separate town of Cohasset. Sketches include: Abbott, Adamas, Adderton, Adriaenssens, Allen, Anderson, Andrew(s), Bacon, Bailey, Baker, Baldwin, Ballard, Balston, Bampton, Bangs, Banister, Bantlett / Bentlett / Bentley, Barber, Barker, Barnard, Barnes, Barrell, Barrett, Barry, Barstow, Bartlett, Barton, Barton, Bass, Bassett, Batchelder, Bates, Battles, Baylies, Beal(e), Bearse, Belcher, Bennett, Benson, Berry, Betscome, Bibby, Bicknell, Bills, Binney, Bisbee, Black, Blair, Blake, Blany, Bloodworth, Blossom, Boardman, Bogle, Bond, Benny, Bosworth, Botting, Bourne, Bouve, Bowers, Bowser, Boynton, Bradford, Bramhall / Brimhall, Brassel, Breams, Breed, Breen, Brett, Brewer, Briggs / Bridges, Bronsdon, Brooks, Brossard, Broughton, Brown, Bruce, Bryant, Buck, Buckland, Buckley, Buerly, Buker, Bull, Bullen, Burbank, Burdett / Burditt, Burns, Burr, Burrell, Burtenshaw, Burton, Butler, Buttimer, Cain, Caldwell, Campbell, Canterbury, Carnes, Carr, Carter, Carver, Caryl / Carrel, Casey, Cazneau, Chaffee, Chamberlain, Chapman, Chessman, Childs, Chittenden, Chubbuck, Church, Churchill, Clapp, Clark, Cleverly, Cobb, Cockeril, Cockram, Coffey, Coit, Colbath, Colby, Cole, Collamore, Collier, Colman, Colson, Condon, Connally, Cook, Combes, Corbett, Cooper, Corcoran, Corthell, Coughlan, Cowell, Cowing, Cox, Craig, Crehan, Creswell, Croade, Crocker, Crosby, Cross, Crowe, Crowell, Cudworth, Cunde, Curtis, Cushing, Cutler, Dacey, Daggett, Daley, Damon, Daniels, Davis, Dawes, Dawson / Dorson, Day, Dayton, Dean, Delargy, Dill, Dixon, Doane, Dolan, Donovan, Dorby, Dorr, Doughty, Douglass, Dower, Druce, Dukes, Dunbar, Dunham, Dunkin / Duncan, Dunn, Dunning, Dwelley, Dyer, Eames, Easterbrook, Eaton, Edes, Eells, Egre, Eldredge, English, Enos, Ensign, Everett, Ewell, Ewer, Fair, Fanning, Farmer, Farnsworth, Farrow / Farrer, Fearing / Ferin, Fee, Field, Finney, Fisher, Fiske, Fletcher, Flint, Foley, Folsom, Ford, Foster, Fotler, Fowle, Franklin, Freeman, French, Frost, Fuller, Gammons, Fannett, Gardner / Garnet, Gates, Gay, Gibbons, Gibbs, Gilbert / Gilbard, Gilford, Gilkey, Gill, Gilman, Gold, Good, Goodwin, Goold / Gould, Gordon, Gorman, Grafton, Grant, Graves, Gray, Greeley, Green, Greenleaf, Groce / Gross, Grover, Gunn, Hall, Halley / Holly, Hamlin, Hammond, Hann, Harden / Harding, Hardy, Harlow, Harris, Hart, Harvey, Haskell, Hassell / Harshall, Hatch, Havey, Hawes, Hawke, Hayes, Hayward / Howard, Henderson, Hennessy, Hersey, Hichborn, Hickey, Higgins, Hill, Hilliard, Hillman, Hinckley, Hines, Hobart / Hubbard, Hodsden, Holbrook, Holden, Hollis, Holmes, Hooper, Hopkins, Horswell, Horton, Hough, Howard / Hayward, Howe(s), Hudson, Huet / Hewitt, Hughs, Hull, Humphrey, Hunt, Hussey, Hutchings, Ibrook, Ings, Jacob, James, Jenkins, Jennings, Jepson / Gipson, Jernegan, Jewell, Jewett, Johns, Johnson, Jones, Jordan / Jourdaine, Josselyn / Joslin / Jocelyn, Joy, Joyce, Judkins, Keating, Keen, Keeshan, Kehoe, Keliher, Kelsey, Kenerson, Kent, Kilborn / Kilburn, Kilby, Kimball, King, Kingman, Kittredge, Lahee, Lambert, Landers, Lane, Lang, Langer, Langley, Lapham, Lasell / Lazell, Lawrence, Lawson, Leary, Leavitt, LeBaron, Legary / Legere, Leigh, Lemner, Lemon, Leonard, Lewis, Lincoln, Linscot, Lisle, Litchfield, Little, Lobdell / Lobden, Long, Lord, Lorden, Loring / Lorraine, Lothrop, Loud, Lovell, Lovett, Lovis, Low(e), Ludkin, Lyford, Macvarlo / Mackfarlin, Magnor, Magoon / McGoun, Maguire / McGuire, Mahoney, Malbon, Mann, Manning / Munning, Mansfield, Manuel, Marble / Marvel, Margetts, Marsh, Marshall, Martin, Mason, May / Mayes, Mayhew / Mayo, McCarty, McDermott, McDonough, McHolin, McKee, McKenna, McLeod, McNeil, Mead, Means, Mears, Melcher, Merrick, Merritt, Meservey, Miller, Minard / Minor, Mitchell, Moore, Moorfield, More, Morey, Morrissey, Morse, Morton, Mott, Mulford, Murphy, Murray, Muzzey, Nash, Neal, Nelson, Newcomb, Newhall, Nichols, Nickerson / Nicholson, Noel, Noonan, Norris, North, Norton, Noyes, Nudd, Nye / Ney, Oakes, O'Brien, O'Connell, O'Keefe, Orcutt, Orton, Osborn, Otis / Oates, Our Ourish, Overton, Packard / Parker, Page, Palmer, Papley, Parker, Patterson, Payson, Peakes, Peare, Peck, Peirce / Pearce / Perse, Penfold, Penny, Perkins, Perry, Pettingill, Phillips, Phinney, Phippen(y), Picanco, Pierce, Pike, Pitcher, Pittee, Pitts, Podyer / Podyeard, Pool(e), Poor / Pore, Porter, Powers, Pratt, Price, Prichart / Pritchard, Prince, Prouty, Puffer, Pugsley, Pullen, Pyne, Quincy, Quinn, Rafferty, Randall, Ranger, Ray, Record, Reed, Reedman, Remington, Ricard, Rice, Rich, Richards, Richardson, Ricket, Riddle, Riley, Ripley, Robbins, Roberts, Robinson, Rockett, Rogers, Rowe, Rowland, Russell, Rust, Ryan, Sanborn, Sargent, Savell, Sayer / Sawyer, Scully, Searle, Sears, Seymour, Sheffell, Sherman, Sherrow / Sharrow, Shumway, Shute, Sides, Simmons / Symonson, Sivret, Slack, Slader, Smith, Sneath, Snell, Soule, Souther, Southworth, Spalding, Spear, Spooner, Sprague, Spring, Stanton, Stearns, Steel, Stephenson, Stetson / Stutson, Stevens, Stevernson, Stewart, Stock, Stockbridge, Stockwell, Stodder / Stoddard, Stone, Stowell / Stoel, Stowers, Strange, Stratton, Strauss, Strong, Studley, Sturtevant, Sutton, Swift, Sylvester, Taylor, Teague / Tegge, Tewells / Tuels, Thaxter, Thayer, Thomas, Thompson, Thorn(e), Throop, Tidmarsh, Tilden, Tinsley, Tirrell, Todd, Torrey, Totman, Tower, Townsend, Trask, Trowbridge, Tucker, Turner, Tuttle / Tuthill, Underwood, Vickery, Vinal, Vining, Vinton, Vogle, Vose, Wade, Wakefield, Wakely, Wall, Wallace, Walton, Ward, Ware, Warren, Waterman, Waters, Watson, Webb, Welch, West, Wheaton, Wheelwright, Whitcomb, White, Whiting, Whitman, Whitmarsh, Whitney, Whiton / Witon / Whiting, Wilcutt, Wilde, Wilder, Wildes, Wilks, Willard, Williams, Wilson, Winchester, Wing, Winslow, Winter, Wolfe, Woodcock, Woods, Woodward, Worrick / Warwick, Worth, Wright, Wyborn, Wyer, Young.
  • John J. Waters, "Hingham, Massachusetts, 1631-1661: an East Anglian Oligarchy in the New World" in the Journal of Social History, 1 [1967-1968]: 351-370.
    Digital version at Jstor ($ - free through public library).
  • Hingham Historical Society's digital book links.
  • Hingham Wikipedia page.
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Vital Records

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

Original records
Published records

There are no published vital records for Hingham, but thought to be mostly included in the 1893 history in volumes 2 and 3.

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City Directories

Hingham was published in 1894, 1902/3, 1905/6, 1908/9, 1912/3, 1915, 1920, 1925-1930.

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 Hingham. Remember that the "old" town included present-day Cohasset. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject. For location of cemeteries, see PlymouthColony website. The Holbrook Research Institute (now Archive Publishing - at the bottom of the page) made 43 fiche that cover plans and indexes for several of these cemeteries.

  1. Barnes and Stoddard Cemetery, 1820. (A)
  2. Fort Hill Street Cemetery, 1751. (A)
  3. High Street Cemetery, 1688. (A)
  4. Hingham Center Cemetery, 1684. (A)
  5. Liberty Plain Cemetery, 1739. (A)
  6. Old Ship or Hingham Cemetery, 1657. (online site and alphabetized transcription)

St. Paul's Cemetery, 1859.

Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:
(A). New England Historic Genealogical Society, in various manuscripts.

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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 Parish Unitarian Church (now Old Ship Church, First Parish in Hingham, Unitarian Universalist Church), 1635, records good (no records before 1718, but Rev. Peter Hobart's records, 1635-1745, survive).
  2. Second Parish Unitarian Church (now Second parish Unitarian Universalist Church), South Hingham, 1745, records good.
  3. Third Congregational Society (now New North Church), 1807, records good.
  4. Methodist Episcopal Church, 1818, records good.
  5. Universalist Church, 1823, no condition given, records started in 1861.
  6. First Baptist Church, 1828, records good.
  7. Evangelical Congregational Church, 1847, records fair.
  8. St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, 1872, records good.
  9. St. John's Protestant Episcopal Church (now Episcopal Parish of St. John the Evangelist), n.d., no records found in 1889.
  10. Hingham Reformed Church, 1890.
  11. Hingham Congregational United Church of Christ, n.d.
  12. Church of the Resurrection Roman Catholic Church, n.d.
  13. South Shore Baptist Church, 1947.
  14. North Street Community Chapel, n.d.
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Newspapers

  1. Hingham Gazette, 1833-1837.
  2. Hingham Journal (sometimes and South Shore Advertiser or and Mariner), 1871-present.
  3. Hingham Mariner, 1984-1993.
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Libraries and Historical Societies

The following is a list of research facilities in town:

Hingham Public Library
66 Leavitt Street
Hingham MA 02043
Phone 781-741-1405

Hingham Historical Society
34 Main Street
PO Box 434
Hingham MA 02043
Phone 781-749-7721
Email info@hinghamhistorical.org

Hingham Family History Center
379 Gardner Street
Hingham MA 02043
Phone 781-749-4815


References

  1. William Francis Galvin, Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts (Boston, new ed., 1997), 59. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997
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