Location: Scituate Massachusetts

Walter Woodworth

Walter Woodworth came from Kent Co., England, to Scituate, Mass., 1635. Was assigned the third lot on Kent St., which runs along the ocean front, at the corner of Meeting House Lane, and there he built a house. In that year he owned other land, a tract on the First Herring Brook not far below Stockbridge Mill, where afterwards stood the residence of the poet Samuel Woodworth, and another tract on Walnut Tree Hill, just west of the present Greenbush or South Scituate R. R. Station, which was in early times called Walter Woodworth’s Hill, and in 1666 he became a purchaser of sixty acres at Weymouth. In 1640 Walter was assessed nine shillings for the public use, and March 2, 1641, freeman; and in June 4, 1645, he was appointed surveyor of highways in Scituate, and again in 1646 and 1656. His name appears frequently on the town records of Scituate as juror, etc. In 2654 he was a member of the First Church, which ordained Charles Chancy as their minister. Origin of Woodward Name This ancient name of Woodward is derived from the forest keepers, the Woodwards of the Hundred Rolls in the reign of Edward 1st. The Arms used by the Woodward Family of Kent, England Richard Woodward of Woodmarsh and his son William Woodward of Ashford, Kent Co., used the old arms and crest of...

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1867 Scituate Massachusetts General Directory

Allen George O. farmer Allen George M. farmer Allen Milner J. Allen Wm. P. trader Anderson Alexander, mariner Anderson Alexander B. draw tender Andrews Christopher A. A. laborer Arnold George, shoemaker Bailey Charles E. trader Bailey Edwin, farmer Bailey George W. shoe manuf. Bailey James A. shoemaker Bailey James J. coppersmith Bailey John W. farmer Bailey Joseph, carpenter Bailey Jotham W. shoe manuf. Bailey Noah C. shoemaker Bailey Sewall, farmer Bailey Thomas O. shoemaker Bailey Thomas T. carpenter Bailey Thomas T. trader Bailey Waterman, trader Bailey William C. mariner Barker Samuel P. jr., farmer Bates Andrew, shoemaker Bates Caleb, fisherman Bates Caleb, 2d, fisherman Bates Charles, farmer Bates Coleman, fisherman Bates George H. farmer Bates Joseph N. fisherman Bates Peter E. fisherman Bates Reuben C. fisherman Bates Reuben S. shoemaker Bates Thomas C. fisherman Bates William, fisherman Beal Caleb, mason Beal John, farmer Bearse Ebenezer, laborer Bearse Ebenezer, jr., peddler Bearse Tobias, shoemaker Bowditch Edwin, stage driver Bonney Edward H. fish dealer Bonney Sylvanus R. painter Bradford Charles, shoemaker Bradford John, shoemaker Briggs Albert K. farmer Briggs Barnabas W. shipwright Briggs David, farmer Briggs James S. shipwright Briggs Joseph O. shipwright Briggs Otis, farmer Briggs Shadrach, farmer Broughton Daniel, mariner Brown Benjamin, laborer Brown Benjamin, jr., trader Brown Charles, laborer Brown Charles E. mason Brown Elisha L. shoemaker Brown George H. ship carpenter Brown George W. mariner Brown Henry,...

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Biographical Sketch of Nathaniel Tilden

Nathaniel Tilden, the immigrant ancestor, came in the ship “Hercules” of Sandwich, England, from Tenterden, England, in March, 1634, bringing with him his wife Lydia, seven children and seven servants. He settled at Scituate where he was living and had a house built according to Parson Lothrop, as early as September, 1634. He was the first ruling elder of the Scituate church, indicating that he was one of the foremost citizens. He held many town offices. His was the third house on Kent street, south of Greenfield lane. He also had lands at Long Marsh, and in 1640 land on the east side of North River below the Gravelly Beach. His will was dated May 25, 1641 and proved July 31, 1641. He bequeathed to his wife; to sons Joseph, Thomas and Stephen; daughters Judith, Mary, Sarah and Lydia; to servants Edward Cinkins and Edward Tarse; his wife was to have a house at Tenterden. His son Joseph. was made executor of the will of his father’s brother, Joseph Tilden, citizen and girdler by trade, of London, February 1, 1642. The widow Lydia and daughters Mary and Sarah were the legatees and this daughter Lydia afterwards married Richard Garrett. Children: Joseph, married Elizabeth Twisden, had the homestead; Thomas (a Thomas came to Plymouth in 1623 and had three lots assigned to him, perhaps the same) ; Mary, married, March...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph Tilden

(III) Joseph, son of Stephen Tilden, was born May 13, 1672. He lived at Scituate and Marshfield. He married, November 30, 1710, Sarah White, who was baptized, an adult, June 20, 1708, at Scituate. He and his wife were admitted to the Scituate church, September 5, 1756. Sarah White was born April 26, 1685, at Scituate, daughter of Timothy White who married in 1678. Abigail, daughter of John Rogers. Timothy was a son of Gowan White of the Conihasset plantation in 1646, who bought a farm of William Richards, in 1650. Children of Joseph and Sarah Tilden : Joseph, born September 20, 1711 ; Christopher, mentioned elsewhere; Benjamin, baptized October 5, 1712; John, born October 1, 1715; Sarah, born May 23, 1718; John, born October i7,...

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Biographical Sketch of Christopher Tilden

(IV) Christopher, son of Joseph Tilden, was baptized at Scituate May 4, 1712. He married Sarah Parrot of Boston and lived there. Children, born in Boston: Major David, mentioned elsewhere; Sarah, born March 6, 1743; Abigail, April 17, 1745; Captain Joseph. of Boston, had sons Joseph, Bryant P. and...

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Biographical Sketch of Henry Rowley

Henry Rowley, immigrant ancestor, was born in England, and died in Barnstable or Falmouth, Massachusetts, in 1673. He was one of the early planters of Plymouth and was a taxpayer as early as 1630. He was admitted a freeman in 1634, after removing to Scituate, where he and his wife Anne joined the church, January 8, 1634. In 1638 he removed with Rev. John Lothrop to the new settlement at Barnstable on Cape Cod. He was a deputy to the general court at Plymouth. In 1650 he removed to West Barnstable, and later to Falmouth. He married (first) Sarah, daughter of William Palmer. He married (second) October 17, 1633, Anne, daughter of Thomas Blossom, who started for New England in the “Speedwell,” in 1620, from Holland, but had to return; came to Plymouth in 1629. Children, Moses, mentioned elsewhere; Joseph, said to have gone to the Barbadoes; Sarah, married, April 11, 1646, Jonathan Hatch, of Barnstable and...

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Biography of William C. Jillson

The first ancestor of the Jillson family is said to have come over from Normandy with William the Conqueror in 1066. The earliest member of the family to sail for New England was William Gilson, who came from Kent county, England, and settled in Scituate, Massachusetts, in 1631. The next on the list to emigrate are Joseph and James Gilson, the latter of whom settled in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, about the year 1666. He is the progenitor of the branch of the family represented by the subject of this biography. James and his wife Mary died about 1712. Their son, Nathaniel, was born in 1675, and died in 1751. To his wife, Elizabeth, were born five children, of whom Nathaniel was the eldest. His death only is recorded as having occurred in 1782. He married first Ruth Boyce in 1728, and second Sarah, daughter of William Arnold, in 1741. He was the father of two children by the-first and seven by the second union, of whom Luke, the fourth son by the last marriage, was born in 1754 and died in 1823. He was both a farmer and mechanic, and the first person in the country to adapt and apply satinet looms to water power. He married, in Cumberland, Rhode Island, Anna, daughter of Nehemiah and Experience Sherman, and made Cumberland his residence. He .had seven children, among whom was...

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