Dedicated to the Memory of
Richard Dennis Souther, Founder of this Site,
Jan. 4, 1948 — Sept. 17, 2012.

USGenWeb Genealogical Site for the Town of

Link to Cohasset Town Web Site Cohasset
(Formerly the East Precinct of Hingham)
Norfolk County
Link to USGenWeb

Including the Villages of Beechwood, Black Rock, North Cohasset and Reed's Corner

See also the site for the parent town of Hingham (Plymouth County)

Souther Ice House

Souther Ice House, Lily Pond,
Cohasset (late 1800s)

What's New Families Books Books Online Records Cemeteries Societies History Census Government Web Sites USGenWeb

New Information on This Site

March 9, 2013 — I am saddened to have learned that Richard Dennis Souther, founder of the Cohasset USGenWeb page, passed away in Sandwich, Massachusetts, on September 17, 2012. Richard was the foremost genealogist of the Souther family and author of The Souther Families of America: Being the Descendants of Joseph Sowther of Boston, Massachusetts, Including Other Souther Families (Boston: R. D. Souther, 1996). He had lived for a number of years in Hawai'i. He was a member of several genealogical societies, and founded the Sandwich Islands Genealogical Society (now the Honolulu County Genealogical Society). The websites that he created or helped to create include those for the Souther Family Association, the Thomas Rogers Society and the Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in the United States of America. Mahalo, Richard, for all that you have contributed to genealogical research.

December 25, 2009 — The transcription of the published Vital Records of Cohasset has been moved here from my Hingham site.

December 24, 2009 — Welcome to the revised USGenWeb Cohasset site. After many years of service Richard Dennis Souther has passed the torch to me. I'll be posting notices here as new resources are added to the site.

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Family Researchers and Websites

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Books and Records

Books About Cohasset

You can find copies of books for sale by using the search engine at

Books that are no longer in copyright can often be found online at Internet Archive Text Archive, Family History Books or Google Books. Additional books are available through two sites that many libraries offer access to - and Heritage Quest Online.

Thomas W. Baldwin, Compiler, Vital Records of Cohasset, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, (Boston: Wright and Potter, 1916).

George Lyman Davenport and Elizabeth Osgood Davenport, The Genealogies of the Families of Cohasset Massachusetts (Cohasset, MA: Committee on Town History, 1909; repr. Somersworth, NH: New England History Press, 1984).

E. Victor Bigelow, A Narrative History of the Town of Cohasset Massachusetts, Vol. I (Cohasset, MA: The Committee on Town History, 1898).

Burtram J. Pratt, A Narrative History of the Town of Cohasset Massachusetts, Vol. II (Cohasset, MA: The Committee on Town History, 1956).

Jacob Flint, Two Discourses, Containing the History of the Church and Society In Cohasset (Boston: Printed by Munroe and Francis, 1822).

Centennial Anniversary of the Town of Cohasset, May 7, 1870 (Boston: Wright & Potter, 1870). Contains a number of orations on the occasion.

Commemoration of the One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Independent Government of the Town of Cohasset (Cohasset, MA: The Pageant Committee, 1922).

Cohasset U.S.A. 200 Years (Cohasset, MA: Cohasset Bicentennial in cooperation with Cohasset Historical Society, 1970).


Books Online

Thomas W. Baldwin, compiler, Vital Records of Cohasset, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, (Boston: Wright and Potter, 1916).

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Vital Records

Published Vital Records 1775 to 1850:
Thomas W. Baldwin, compiler,
Vital Records of Cohasset, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, (Boston: Wright and Potter, 1916).

Vital Records 1775 to present:
Town Clerk
Cohasset Town Hall
41 Highland Ave.
Cohasset, MA 02025
Hours: Mon., Wed., Thu. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tue. 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Vital Records 1842-1920:
Massachusetts Archives
220 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
Fax: 617-288-8429
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sat. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Vital Records 1921 to present:
Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records
150 Mount Vernon St., 1st Floor
Dorchester, MA 02125-3105

Or order online:  Births  Marriages  Divorces  Deaths

Massachusetts Vital Records Information from


Deeds and Probate

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds
649 High St.
Dedham, MA 02026-1831
Fax: 781-326-4246
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Norfolk County deeds can now be viewed online.

Norfolk Probate and Family Court
35 Shawmut Rd.
Canton, MA 02021
Fax: 781-830-4310
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Order Probate Records Online

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Genealogical and Historical Societies and Libraries

Paul Pratt Memorial Library
35 Ripley Rd.
Cohasset, MA 02025
Phone: 781-383-1348
Hours: Mon., Tue., Thu. 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Wed., Fri. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sat. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed on holidays.

Cohasset Historical Society
Paul Pratt Memorial Library Building
106 South Main St.
Cohasset, MA 02025
Phone: 781-383-1434
Open by appointment

Cohasset Historical Commission
179 South Main St.
Cohasset, MA 02025
Phone: 781-383-0234

South Shore Genealogical Society
PO Box 396
Norwell, MA 02061
Meetings: The second Saturday of each month (except July and August) at 1:30 p.m. at the John Curtis Free Library, Rte. 139, Hanover, MA.
For beginners, amateurs and professionals interested in genealogical research in Plymouth and Norfolk Counties.

New England Historic Genealogical Society
101 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116-3007
Fax: 617-536-7307
Library Hours: Tues. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Weds. 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Thurs. - Sat. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Closed Sun. and Mon.
The library is closed for some holidays - call or see the website for details.
For non-members there is a daily admisssion fee for the research library.

NEHGS is nation's oldest genealogical society, founded in 1845. It offers unsurpassed resources for New England research including the Boston research library of over 200,000 volumes. Members not in the Boston area appreciate their extensive online resources including all issues of The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, the nation's oldest genealogical journal, published quarterly since 1847. Online resources also include member access to vital records through 1915, an ever-growing collection of online books, and databases derived from some of the Society's immense manuscript holdings.

Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215-3695
Hours: Mon. - Weds. 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Thurs. 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Fri. 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Closed weekends.

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History and Census Data

Cohasset was established August 23, 1775, from the East Precinct of Hingham.

Population by Census

1776 (Prov.) 754     1790 (U.S.) 817     1800 (U.S.) 849     1810 (U.S.) 994
1820 (U.S.) 1,099     1830 (U.S.) 1,233     1840 (U.S.) 1,471     1850 (U.S.) 1,775
1855 (State) 1,879     1860 (U.S.) 1,953     1865 (State) 2,048     1870 (U.S.) 2,130
1875 (State) 2,197     1880 (U.S.) 2,182     1885 (State) 2,216     1890 (U.S.) 2,448
1895 (State) 2,474     1900 (U.S.) 2,759     1905 (State) 2,727     1910 (U.S.) 2,585
1915 (State) 2,800     1920 (U.S.) 2,639     1925 (State) 2,913     1930 (U.S.) 3,083
1935 (State) 3,418     1940 (U.S.) 3,111     1945 (State) 3,540     1950 (U.S.) 3,731
1955 (State) 4,729     1960 (U.S.) 5,840     1965 (State) 6,559     1970 (U.S.) 6,954
1975 (State) 7,785     1980 (U.S.) 7,174     1990 (U.S.) 7,075     2000 (U.S.) 7,261

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Cohasset Town Government and Institutions

Town of Cohasset

School Department

South Shore Vocational Technical High School

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Other Cohasset Websites

Commonwealth Communities page for Cohasset

Wicked Local Cohasset

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USGenWeb Sites

Norfolk County, MA - USGenWeb

Massachusetts Genealogy - USGenWeb

The USGenWeb Project - Home Page

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Please note that although I was born and raised about 15 miles from Cohasset
I now live hundreds of miles away and do not have easy access to the town.

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USGenWeb Cohasset, MA, commenced 1998.
Created by Richard Dennis Souther.
Revised and maintained since 24-Dec-2017 by Dale H. Cook.
Copyright © 2009-2017 by Dale H. Cook. All rights reserved.