Pilgrim Town:
Marshfield, Massachusetts

Among its first settlers were some of The Mayflower passengers
and others who arrived in New England in the 1620's.
  The Pilgrims and Adventurers who arrived on The Mayflower in 1620 had to fulfill the
terms of their contract with financial backers in London, requiring them to stay in
Plymouth Colony for seven years.  At the end of that time, land was allotted to settlers
for farming and the land along the coastline north of Plymouth was parceled out.
  At first, those who acquired the new land went there to work their farms only in the
warm-weather months and returned to Plymouth during the winter. But it wasn't long
before they began to build homes on their land and requested permission from the
colony for their communities to be made separate, with their own churches and town
councils.  Marshfield was settled in 1632 and incorporated in 1640.  
  My 8-g-grandfather, Edward Doty, who was a passenger on
The Mayflower, is buried in
the old Pilgrim burial ground in Plymouth.  Recently, I started looking for the burial place
of his wife, my 8-g-grandmother, Faith Clarke Doty Phillips, and found that her final
resting place is in the Old Winslow Burying Ground in Marshfield, Massachusetts, along
with her second husband, John Phillips.
   I, also, found the gravesite of one of Edward and Faith's daughters, Desire, in
Marshfield, at Cedar Grove Cemetery (known as the Old Burial Grounds, located at the
Marshfield Congregational Church).  Desire's third husband, by the way, was Alexander
Standish, son of Myles Standish and Barbara Mullins.
  During my search, I found some excellent old books about Plymouth and the other
towns where some of the
Mayflower's passengers eventually settled.  One of the books I
read about the town of Marshfield was "Memorials of Marshfield" by Marcia A. Thomas,
published in 1854.  Another interesting book was "Marshfield: Autobiography of a
Pilgrim Town" by Joseph C. Hagar, 1940.  It was this book that helped me find the
location of John Phillips' property.  The other Marshfield book that I found helpful was
"Marshfield: A Town of Villages" by Cynthia H. Krusell & Betty M. Bates.
  Marshfield had such an interesting history that I decided to search for some vintage
images of the town (not Pilgrim vintage! but early 1900's vintage).  I was happy to find
several old pictorial postcards of the area and it's these, along with the 1854 sketch
above, that I share on this page.
                        -- Nancy
From the book, "Memorials of Marshfield," published in 1854.
Home of Peregrine White, the first English child born in America.
He was born while
The Mayflower lay at anchor in the harbor at
Cape Cod in November, 1620;  postcard ca. 1920.
Vintage Views of Marshfield, Massachusetts
Date unknown
Home of famous orator, senator and Secretary of State, Daniel Webster,
ca. 1860's;  below, the building that was Daniel Webster's office, ca. 1909.
Winslow house - above, ca. 1920;  below, current photo.
This land was granted to Edward Winslow, who built the first homestead in
Marshfield in the 1630's.  Gov. Winslow was a Mayflower passenger and 3
times governor of Plymouth Colony.  This home, the 3rd house on the site,
was built in 1699 by Edward's grandson, Isaac Winslow.