History of the Town of Duxbury, Massachusetts: With Genealogical Registers
Duxbury was settled in 1632 by the people of Plymouth and was named in homage to Captain Standish's English estate, Duxbury Hall. This extensive town history covers a broad range of civil and military topics including: early settlement; highways and bridges, with a list of early surveyors; ancient landmarks; such as Captains Hill; the town's commons, with names of the proprietors from 1690-1749; bounties and fines; Philip's War; the Charter of 1691; the Stamp Act; the Revolution, with biographical sketches of soldiers; and ordinaries. Additional biographical sketches describe the first settlers including Captain Standish, John Alden, and John Howland. Also included are sections on schools and education, local Indian tribes and a list of town officers. More than 200 early families are mentioned in the genealogical register. These include the Alden, Arnold, Baker, Barker, Bartlett, Bradford, Brewster, Chandler, Church, Cole, Delano, Drew, Freeman, Glass, Harlow, Holmes, Howland, Hunt, Loring, Pabodie, Partridge, Peterson, Phillips, Prior, Rogers, Sampson, Seabury, Simmons, Soule, Southworth, Sprague, Standish, Sylvester, Thomas, Wadsworth, Weston, Williamson, and Winsor families. The appendix includes The Grant of Bridgewater, a list of vessels wrecked on Duxbury beach and information on shipbuilding, commerce, and fisheries.
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Being very interested in the early history of the Plymouth colony, I have found this book to be an excellent source of information. Presently, my daughter and son-in-law have the good fortune of becoming owners of a property on Saquish. It is an idyllic place to be with the sun setting to the west in the summer evening sky. Time has stood still and my mind flashes back to the early days of the Plymouth colony and it's strong willed people as reflected in this History of Duxbury.