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It would not seem that in 1665, when the town had so few inhabitants, that it was necessary to have five Selectmen. The Court of the Colony, however, appointed "Leift. Peregrine White,Ensigne Mark EamesAnthony SnowJohn BourneWm. Foard." Now, in 1900, we have but three, and one, I think, would do the town better and more economical service, but the town from the time of the Revolution, as near as I can learn, have elected their three Selectmen in the North, Middle, and South parts, commonly known as districts, but not divided legally by town authority.
We find in the Colony records the marriage of the Pilgrim ancestor of the Little family in Marshfield. "Thomas Little and Ann Warren in 1633 Apr. 19th," probably in Plymouth, as it was several years before Marshfield was settled. We find also in the same year the following of Mr. Little: "John Barnes hath sold unto Thomas Little, one shallop in consideration of one pound of beaver rd in hand and three Ewe goats to be dd [delivered] in June ensuing, whereof one to be a yeare old & the other two between the age of two & three yeares, all giving milke at the same time."
During the first year of the incorporation of Marshfield, 1640, "Land was granted to Geo. Soule, a meadow he desired against Mr. Prince's lands at Green Harbor." Lots also of fifteen or twenty acres to different persons about this time were granted. A dozen Colonists were granted from thirty to eighty acres each by the Court. William Thomas, assistant to Governor Edward Winslow, was granted a large lot of land, fifteen hundred acres, in the neighborhood of Green Harbor and adjoining the estate of Governor Winslow. Governor Winslow and William Thomas owned together some 2700 acres.
In these early days Josiah Winslow, youngest brother of Edward Winslow, settled near Kenelm (another brother of Governor Edward), who lived northerly of Green Harbor river. Said Josiah was town clerk of Marshfield for many
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