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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Marshfield'''  
 
''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Marshfield'''  
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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of Marshfield. 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  ===
  
Marshfield was an outgrowth of the settlement at Plymouth. By 1632, precincts were formed and this area was granted at Green's Harbor as Rexhame. The precinct soon became a town in 1640. This area was Plymouth Colony in the beginning. 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.  
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Marshfield was an outgrowth of the settlement at [[Plymouth, Massachusetts|Plymouth]]. By 1632, precincts were formed and this area was granted at Green's Harbor as Rexhame. The precinct soon became a town in 1640. This area was [[Plymouth Colony|Plymouth Colony]] in the beginning. 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]].  
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== Historical Data  ==
  
== Historical Data<ref>William Francis Galvin, ''Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts'' (Boston, new ed., 1997), 72-73. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/37416784 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|677425|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997}}</ref> ==
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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), 72-73. [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>  
 
Marshfield was once called Greens Harbour and Rexhame/Wrexham.  
 
Marshfield was once called Greens Harbour and Rexhame/Wrexham.  
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Village or section names include Brant Rock, Center Marshfield, Duxbury Beach, Ferry Hill, Fieldston, Green Harbor, Marshfield Hills (previously East Marshfield), North Marshfield, Ocean Bluff, Rehame, Sea View, and Standish.  
 
Village or section names include Brant Rock, Center Marshfield, Duxbury Beach, Ferry Hill, Fieldston, Green Harbor, Marshfield Hills (previously East Marshfield), North Marshfield, Ocean Bluff, Rehame, Sea View, and Standish.  
 
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<center>'''Border changes''' </center>  
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== Town Histories  ==
 
== Town Histories  ==
  
[[Image:{{MAPlyMarsMap}}]]Works written on the town include:  
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Works written on the town include: {{MAPlyMarsMap}}
  
 
*Lysander S. Richards, ''History of Marshfield'' (Plymouth, Mass., 1901-1905), 2v.<br>Digital versions at Internet Archive ([http://archive.org/details/historyofmarshfi01inrich v. 1 only] and Google Books ([http://books.google.com/books?id=Xos-AAAAYAAJ v. 1], [http://books.google.com/books?id=VisWAAAAYAAJ v. 2], and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=18768 Ancestry] ($), and transcribed only at [http://plymouthcolony.net/marshfield/richards/contents.html PlymouthColony.net].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/3761323 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|273578|item|disp=FHL books 974.482/M3 H2r v. # or film 1035739 Items 3-4}}.<br>
 
*Lysander S. Richards, ''History of Marshfield'' (Plymouth, Mass., 1901-1905), 2v.<br>Digital versions at Internet Archive ([http://archive.org/details/historyofmarshfi01inrich v. 1 only] and Google Books ([http://books.google.com/books?id=Xos-AAAAYAAJ v. 1], [http://books.google.com/books?id=VisWAAAAYAAJ v. 2], and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=18768 Ancestry] ($), and transcribed only at [http://plymouthcolony.net/marshfield/richards/contents.html PlymouthColony.net].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/3761323 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|273578|item|disp=FHL books 974.482/M3 H2r v. # or film 1035739 Items 3-4}}.<br>
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*''Marshfield, 70 ̊-40 ́W:42 ̊-5 ́N N; the autobiography of a Pilgrim town'' (Marshfield, Mass., 1940), xix, 334 pp.<br>No digital versions online.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2755433 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|271484|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/M3 H2m (1956 edition)}}.<br>  
 
*''Marshfield, 70 ̊-40 ́W:42 ̊-5 ́N N; the autobiography of a Pilgrim town'' (Marshfield, Mass., 1940), xix, 334 pp.<br>No digital versions online.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2755433 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|271484|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/M3 H2m (1956 edition)}}.<br>  
 
*Cynthia Hagar Krusell, ''Marshfield: A Town of Villages 1640-1990'' (Marshfield Hills, Mass., 1990), 234 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/25027478 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|175623|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/M3 H2k}}.<br>  
 
*Cynthia Hagar Krusell, ''Marshfield: A Town of Villages 1640-1990'' (Marshfield Hills, Mass., 1990), 234 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/25027478 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|175623|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/M3 H2k}}.<br>  
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshfield,_Massachusetts Marshfield Wikipedia page].<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshfield,_Massachusetts Marshfield Wikipedia page].<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
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== Vital Records  ==
 
== Vital Records  ==
  
 
The town's vital records are available in many locations:  
 
The town's vital records are available in many locations:  
 
<center>'''Original records''' </center>  
 
<center>'''Original records''' </center>  
*[http://www.townofmarshfield.org/government-departments-town-clerk.htm Marshfield Town Clerk's Office]<br>870 Moraine Street<br>Marshfield MA 02050<br>Phone 781-834-5540<br>  
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*[http://www.townofmarshfield.org/government-departments-town-clerk.htm '''Marshfield Town Clerk's Office''']<br>870 Moraine Street<br>Marshfield MA 02050<br>Phone 781-834-5540<br>  
*Microfilm of the originals created by the Family History Library, 1645-1875, {{FHL|340031|item|disp=FHL films 417925-417928}}.  
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*Microfilm of the originals created by the Family History Library, Marshfield town and vital records, 1645-1875, {{FHL|340031|item|disp=FHL films 417925-417928}}.<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-DRQ%3An2122096288%3Fcc%3D2061550 FamilySearch].  
 
*Microfiche of the originals created by Archive Publishing covering vital records, 1631-1890, on 67 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, 1631-1890, on 67 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>  
*Robert M. Sherman and Ruth Wilder Sherman, ''Vital Records of Marshfield, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Warwick, R.I., 1970).<br>These volumes were microfilmed by the Family History Library ({{FHL|350412|item|disp=FHL film 496621 Item 2}}).<br>Digital database at [http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=344&Da=331 American Ancestors] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/71096 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|350412|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/M3 V2s}}.<br>
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*Robert M. Sherman and Ruth Wilder Sherman, ''Vital Records of Marshfield, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Warwick, R.I., 1970).<br>These volumes were microfilmed by the Family History Library ({{FHL|350412|item|disp=FHL film 496621 Item 2}}).<br>Digital database at [http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=344&Da=331 American Ancestors] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/71096 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|350412|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/M3 V2s}}.<br>[Missing from the published vital records is one marriage from county court records for 1692 published in ''Pilgrim Notes and Queries'', 3 [1915]: 120-122 at 122.]
 
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*Donald and Rebecca Ford, "Marshfield Marriages from Town Reports" [1865-1900, alphabetically] in the ''Mayflower Descendants'' serialized from v. 35 [1985] to v. 41 [1991]. See online links from the [http://www.massmayflower.org/publications/md/md-contents-williams.htm Mayflower Descendants contents page].
 
*Donald and Rebecca Ford, "Marshfield Marriages from Town Reports" [1865-1900, alphabetically] in the ''Mayflower Descendants'' serialized from v. 35 [1985] to v. 41 [1991]. See online links from the [http://www.massmayflower.org/publications/md/md-contents-williams.htm Mayflower Descendants contents page].
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<center>'''Online records''' </center>
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*Marshfield town and vital records, 1645-1875, 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-DRQ%3An2122096288%3Fcc%3D2061550 FamilySearch].
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== City Directories  ==
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Marshfield was published in 1894, 1915, 1918, 1926, 1962, 1967, 1970.
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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] ($) has 1962, 1967, 1970.
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*[http://www.bpl.org/ Boston Public Library] has 1894, 1915, 1918, 1926.
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*[https://familysearch.org/ Family History Library (Salt Lake City)] has 1894, 1915, 1918, 1926 (with other towns) on {{FHL|1132427|item|disp=FHL various film records}}.
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*[http://www.fold3.com/browse.php#223%7C fold3] ($) has none.
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*[http://www.mass.gov/anf/research-and-tech/oversight-agencies/lib/ Massachusetts State Library] has 1894, 1915, 1918, 1926.
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*[http://library.nehgs.org/search~S0?/dmarshfield+mass./dmarshfield+mass/1%2C9%2C29%2CB/exact&FF=dmarshfield+mass+directories&1%2C3%2C/indexsort=- New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston)] ($) has 1894, 1915, 1918, 1926, 1962, 1967, 1970.
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== Cemeteries  ==
 
== Cemeteries  ==
  
The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Marshfield. 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 Marshfield. For the location of cemeteries, see [http://plymouthcolony.net/marshfield/cemeteries.html PlymouthColony website]. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.<br>  
  
#Baker Family Cemetery, 1816.  
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:#Baker Family Cemetery, 1816.  
#Cedar Grove / Congregational Church Cemetery, 1721. (A, C, D-v.12-13, F)  
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:#Cedar Grove / Congregational Church Cemetery, 1721. (A, C, D-v.12-13, F)  
#Centre Marshfield Cemetery, 1740. (B, C, D-v.8, E, F)  
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:#Centre Marshfield Cemetery, 1740. (B, C, D-v.8, E, F)  
#Chapel Cemetery, 1793. (B, E, F)  
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:#Chapel Cemetery, 1793. (B, E, F)  
#Congregational Church Cemetery at Marshfield Hills, 18th century. (B, E, F)  
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:#Congregational Church Cemetery at Marshfield Hills, 18th century. (B, E, F)  
#Couch Cemetery, 1960.  
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:#Couch Cemetery, 1960.  
#Dingley Family Cemetery, 1809.  
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:#Dingley Family Cemetery, 1809.  
#Howland Cemetery, 1797.  
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:#Howland Cemetery, 1797.  
#Little / Sea View Cemetery, 1718. (B, E, F)  
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:#Little / Sea View Cemetery, 1718. (B, E, F)  
#Magoun Cemetery, 1840.  
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:#Magoun Cemetery, 1840.  
#Marshfield Hills Cemetery, 1729. (A, B, C, D-v.9, E, F)  
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:#Marshfield Hills Cemetery, 1729. (A, B, C, D-v.9, E, F)  
#Plainville Cemetery, 1788. (A, B, C, D-v. 14, E, F)  
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:#Plainville Cemetery, 1788. (A, B, C, D-v. 14, E, F)  
#Adam Rogers Family Tomb, 1813.  
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:#Adam Rogers Family Tomb, 1813.  
#Two Mile Cemetery, 1801. (A,, B, D-v.10, E, F)  
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:#Two Mile Cemetery, 1801. (A,, B, D-v.10, E, F)  
#Winslow Cemetery, 1680. (A, C, D-v.10, E, F)
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:#Winslow Cemetery, 1680. (A, C, D-v.10, E, F)
  
 
Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:<br> (A). [http://www.americanancestors.org/home.html New England Historic Genealogical Society] Manuscripts Dept.<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://services.dar.org/public/dar_research/search/?Tab_ID=6 Daughters of the American Revolution] GRC v. 86.<br> (D). ''Mayflower Descendant'' (journal).<br> (E). Robert M. Sherman and Ruth Wilder Sherman, ''Vital Records of Marshfield, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Warwick, R.I., 1970). [see above for details] (F). Christian V. G. S. Kimball, "Marshfield Cemeteries Through 1950" (typ., 1997). [Note: Computer printout - copy at the Mass. Society of Mayflower Descendants library and with editor of this page]. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/55756909 WorldCat (Other Libraries)].  
 
Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:<br> (A). [http://www.americanancestors.org/home.html New England Historic Genealogical Society] Manuscripts Dept.<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://services.dar.org/public/dar_research/search/?Tab_ID=6 Daughters of the American Revolution] GRC v. 86.<br> (D). ''Mayflower Descendant'' (journal).<br> (E). Robert M. Sherman and Ruth Wilder Sherman, ''Vital Records of Marshfield, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Warwick, R.I., 1970). [see above for details] (F). Christian V. G. S. Kimball, "Marshfield Cemeteries Through 1950" (typ., 1997). [Note: Computer printout - copy at the Mass. Society of Mayflower Descendants library and with editor of this page]. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/55756909 WorldCat (Other Libraries)].  
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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.  
  
#[http://www.1stcongregational.org/ First Congregational Church], 1632, records good starting in 1696.<br>Records on microfilm, 1696-1920, {{FHL|136030|item|disp=FHL films 417929-417930}} and published volume 1, 1696-1747, in ''Mayflower Descendant'', 11 [1909]: 36-39, 121-123; 31 [1933]: 117-124, 161-171; 33 [1934]: 12-21.  
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:#[http://www.1stcongregational.org/ First Congregational Church], 1632, records good starting in 1696.<br>Records on microfilm, 1696-1920, {{FHL|136030|item|disp=FHL films 417929-417930}} and published volume 1, 1696-1747, in ''Mayflower Descendant'', 11 [1909]: 36-39, 121-123; 31 [1933]: 117-124, 161-171; 33 [1934]: 12-21.  
#Society of Friends, 1692, records good (part of Pembroke Monthly Meeting that was attached to the New Bedford Monthly Meeting).  
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:#Society of Friends, 1692, records good (part of Pembroke Monthly Meeting that was attached to the New Bedford Monthly Meeting).  
#Second Congregational Society (Unitarian), 1738-1916, records good.[Records at the Marshfield Historical Society]  
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:#Second Congregational Society (Unitarian), 1738-1916, records good.[Records at the Marshfield Historical Society]  
#Protestant Episcopal Church, 1775-1867, records at St. Andrew's Church.  
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:#Protestant Episcopal Church, 1775-1867, records at St. Andrew's Church.  
#Baptist Church, 1788, records good.  
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:#Baptist Church, 1788, records good.  
#Methodist Episcopal Church, 1813, records incomplete, starting in 1825.  
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:#Methodist Episcopal Church, 1813, records incomplete, starting in 1825.  
#Baptist Church in North Marshfield, 1833, records good.  
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:#Baptist Church in North Marshfield, 1833, records good.  
#Second Congregational Church, East Marshfield, 1835, records good.  
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:#Second Congregational Church, East Marshfield, 1835, records good.  
#Grace Chapel (Unitarian), 1882, records good.  
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:#Grace Chapel (Unitarian), 1882, records good.  
#[http://www.assumptionparish.com/ Our Lady of the Assumption], n.d.  
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:#[http://www.assumptionparish.com/ Our Lady of the Assumption], n.d.  
#Christian Science Church, n.d.  
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:#Christian Science Church, n.d.  
#[http://northcommunitychurch.org/ North Community Church], 1928.  
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:#[http://northcommunitychurch.org/ North Community Church], 1928.  
#[http://northriverchurch.org/ North River Community Church], 1989.  
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:#[http://northriverchurch.org/ North River Community Church], 1989.  
#[http://www.stanns.net/ St. Ann's By the Sea], n.d.  
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:#[http://www.stanns.net/ St. Ann's By the Sea], n.d.  
#[http://www.saintchristines.org/ St. Christine's Parish], n.d.  
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:#[http://www.saintchristines.org/ St. Christine's Parish], n.d.  
#[http://www.sanctuarymarshfield.org/ Sanctuary], n.d.  
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:#[http://www.sanctuarymarshfield.org/ Sanctuary], n.d.  
#[http://www.shirathayam.net/ Shirat Hayam], 1996.  
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:#[http://www.shirathayam.net/ Shirat Hayam], 1996.  
#[http://www.trinitymfldhills.synthasite.com/ Trinity Episcopal Church at Marshfield Hills], n.d.  
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:#[http://www.trinitymfldhills.synthasite.com/ Trinity Episcopal Church at Marshfield Hills], n.d.  
#[http://www.victorybaptistmarshfield.net/ Victory Baptist Church], n.d.
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:#[http://www.victorybaptistmarshfield.net/ Victory Baptist Church], n.d.
 
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== Newspapers  ==
 
== Newspapers  ==
  
#''Marshfield Mail / South Shore News'', 1964-1965.  
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:#''Marshfield Mail / South Shore News'', 1964-1965.  
#''Marshfield Mariner'', 1976-present.  
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:#''Marshfield Mariner'', 1976-present.  
#''Marshfield Reporter'', 1987-present.
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:#''Marshfield Reporter'', 1987-present.
 
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== Libraries and Historical Societies  ==
 
== Libraries and Historical Societies  ==
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The following is list of research facilities in town:  
 
The following is list of research facilities in town:  
  
[http://cliftrodgerslibrary.org/ Clift Rodgers Free Library]<br>540 Pleasant Street<br>Marshfield MA 02051<br>Phone 781-834-4597<br>[Note: Not a research library]  
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[http://cliftrodgerslibrary.org/ '''Clift Rodgers Free Library''']<br>540 Pleasant Street<br>Marshfield MA 02051<br>Phone 781-834-4597<br>[Note: Not a research library]  
  
[http://www.ventresslibrary.org/ Ventress Memorial Library]<br>15 Library Plaza<br>Marshfield MA 02050<br>Phone 781-834-5535<br>Email [mailto:malib@ocln.org malib@ocln.org]  
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[http://www.ventresslibrary.org/ '''Ventress Memorial Library''']<br>15 Library Plaza<br>Marshfield MA 02050<br>Phone 781-834-5535<br>Email [mailto:malib@ocln.org malib@ocln.org]  
  
[http://www.marshfieldhistoricalsociety.com/ Marshfield Historical Society]<br>65 Webster Street<br>PO Box 1244<br>Marshfield MA 02050<br>781-834-0100<br>  
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[http://www.marshfieldhistoricalsociety.com/ '''Marshfield Historical Society''']<br>65 Webster Street<br>PO Box 1244<br>Marshfield MA 02050<br>781-834-0100<br>  
  
 
== References  ==
 
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United States Gotoarrow.png Massachusetts Gotoarrow.png Plymouth Gotoarrow.png Marshfield

This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of Marshfield. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries.

Contents

Brief History

Marshfield was an outgrowth of the settlement at Plymouth. By 1632, precincts were formed and this area was granted at Green's Harbor as Rexhame. The precinct soon became a town in 1640. This area was Plymouth Colony in the beginning. 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

Marshfield was once called Greens Harbour and Rexhame/Wrexham.

Village or section names include Brant Rock, Center Marshfield, Duxbury Beach, Ferry Hill, Fieldston, Green Harbor, Marshfield Hills (previously East Marshfield), North Marshfield, Ocean Bluff, Rehame, Sea View, and Standish.

Border changes
Dates Events
2 Mar. 1640 Greens Harbour shall be a township ... and called Rexhame, but now Marshfield. [Ply. Col. Rec., 11: 37]
2 Mar. 1641 Rexham mentioned in a list of places for constables. [Ply. Col. Rec., 2: 9]
7 Sept. 1641 A rate list of towns as Rexhame / Marshfield with a line through the first name. [Ply. Col. Rec., 2: 9]
7 Mar. 1643 Marshfield borders established.
5 Mar. 1661 Land granted to Marshfield and Duxbury.
23 Feb. 1683 Border between Marshfield and Duxbury established.
21 Mar. 1712 Part of the town included in the new town of Pembroke.
8 Nov. 1782 Border between Marshfield and Scituate established.
10 Mar. 1788 Part of Scituate annexed.
14 June 1813 Border between Marshfield and Duxbury established.
11 May 1887 Border between Marshfield and Scituate established.
23 Mar. 1928 Border between Marshfield and Scituate established.
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Town Histories

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


Alden, Ames (Eames), Baker, Bates, Bourne, Carver, Church, Clift, Damon, Emery, Ewell, Ford, Gardner, Hagar, Hall, Hatch, Henry, Keene, Kent, Lapham, Leonard, Little, Macomber, Nelson, Oakman, Peterson, Phillips, Porter, Richards, Rogers, Sherman, Sprague, Sylvester, Thomas, Tilden, Tolman, Trouant, Walker, Weatherbee, White, Whiting, Willard, Williamson, Winslow, and Wright.
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Vital Records

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

Original records
Published records
  • Robert M. Sherman and Ruth Wilder Sherman, Vital Records of Marshfield, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Warwick, R.I., 1970).
    These volumes were microfilmed by the Family History Library (FHL film 496621 Item 2).
    Digital database at American Ancestors ($).
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.482/M3 V2s.
    [Missing from the published vital records is one marriage from county court records for 1692 published in Pilgrim Notes and Queries, 3 [1915]: 120-122 at 122.]
  • Donald and Rebecca Ford, "Marshfield Marriages from Town Reports" [1865-1900, alphabetically] in the Mayflower Descendants serialized from v. 35 [1985] to v. 41 [1991]. See online links from the Mayflower Descendants contents page.
Online records
  • Marshfield town and vital records, 1645-1875, are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on FamilySearch.
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City Directories

Marshfield was published in 1894, 1915, 1918, 1926, 1962, 1967, 1970.

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 Marshfield. 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. Baker Family Cemetery, 1816.
  2. Cedar Grove / Congregational Church Cemetery, 1721. (A, C, D-v.12-13, F)
  3. Centre Marshfield Cemetery, 1740. (B, C, D-v.8, E, F)
  4. Chapel Cemetery, 1793. (B, E, F)
  5. Congregational Church Cemetery at Marshfield Hills, 18th century. (B, E, F)
  6. Couch Cemetery, 1960.
  7. Dingley Family Cemetery, 1809.
  8. Howland Cemetery, 1797.
  9. Little / Sea View Cemetery, 1718. (B, E, F)
  10. Magoun Cemetery, 1840.
  11. Marshfield Hills Cemetery, 1729. (A, B, C, D-v.9, E, F)
  12. Plainville Cemetery, 1788. (A, B, C, D-v. 14, E, F)
  13. Adam Rogers Family Tomb, 1813.
  14. Two Mile Cemetery, 1801. (A,, B, D-v.10, E, F)
  15. Winslow Cemetery, 1680. (A, C, D-v.10, E, F)

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.
(C). Daughters of the American Revolution GRC v. 86.
(D). Mayflower Descendant (journal).
(E). Robert M. Sherman and Ruth Wilder Sherman, Vital Records of Marshfield, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Warwick, R.I., 1970). [see above for details] (F). Christian V. G. S. Kimball, "Marshfield Cemeteries Through 1950" (typ., 1997). [Note: Computer printout - copy at the Mass. Society of Mayflower Descendants library and with editor of this page]. WorldCat (Other Libraries).

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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 Church, 1632, records good starting in 1696.
    Records on microfilm, 1696-1920, FHL films 417929-417930 and published volume 1, 1696-1747, in Mayflower Descendant, 11 [1909]: 36-39, 121-123; 31 [1933]: 117-124, 161-171; 33 [1934]: 12-21.
  2. Society of Friends, 1692, records good (part of Pembroke Monthly Meeting that was attached to the New Bedford Monthly Meeting).
  3. Second Congregational Society (Unitarian), 1738-1916, records good.[Records at the Marshfield Historical Society]
  4. Protestant Episcopal Church, 1775-1867, records at St. Andrew's Church.
  5. Baptist Church, 1788, records good.
  6. Methodist Episcopal Church, 1813, records incomplete, starting in 1825.
  7. Baptist Church in North Marshfield, 1833, records good.
  8. Second Congregational Church, East Marshfield, 1835, records good.
  9. Grace Chapel (Unitarian), 1882, records good.
  10. Our Lady of the Assumption, n.d.
  11. Christian Science Church, n.d.
  12. North Community Church, 1928.
  13. North River Community Church, 1989.
  14. St. Ann's By the Sea, n.d.
  15. St. Christine's Parish, n.d.
  16. Sanctuary, n.d.
  17. Shirat Hayam, 1996.
  18. Trinity Episcopal Church at Marshfield Hills, n.d.
  19. Victory Baptist Church, n.d.
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Newspapers

  1. Marshfield Mail / South Shore News, 1964-1965.
  2. Marshfield Mariner, 1976-present.
  3. Marshfield Reporter, 1987-present.
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Libraries and Historical Societies

The following is list of research facilities in town:

Clift Rodgers Free Library
540 Pleasant Street
Marshfield MA 02051
Phone 781-834-4597
[Note: Not a research library]

Ventress Memorial Library
15 Library Plaza
Marshfield MA 02050
Phone 781-834-5535
Email malib@ocln.org

Marshfield Historical Society
65 Webster Street
PO Box 1244
Marshfield MA 02050
781-834-0100

References

  1. William Francis Galvin, Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts (Boston, new ed., 1997), 72-73. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997
Adjacent towns: Plymouth Co.: Duxbury | Norwell | Pembroke | Scituate