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Plymouth County
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Including the Villages of Harrubs Corner, North Plympton, Plympton Green, Prospect Hill and Winetuxet

See also the sites for the parent town of Plymouth and the daughter towns of Carver and Halifax

Deborah Sampson Birthplace

Deborah Sampson Birthplace
Elm St., Plympton

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

New Information on This Site

March 16, 2008 — We have a new address!   Many USGenWeb sites have relocated, and we have, too.   Please bookmark our new address.

March 26, 2007 — James Heffernan has transcribed a seven-page manuscript written by then Town Clerk Lewis Bradford about 1850, and containing information about some of the town's early families.

January 15, 2004 — I've added gravestone transcriptions from four Plympton cemeteries that were published in Mayflower Descendant.   The largest is the Hillcrest Cemetery, also known as the Old Cemetery.   The other three cemeteries are small - the Congregational Church Cemetery, North Plympton Cemetery and the Smallpox Cemetery.

April 29, 2003 — There is a new page for Plympton Family Researchers and Websites where you can list specific Plympton families that you are researching or web sites specializing in Plympton families.

April 6, 2003 — Welcome to the brand new Plympton USGenWeb page. 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 Plympton

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.

Henry Edwards Scott, Vital Records of Plympton, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1923).

Ann S. Lainhart, 1855 and 1865 Massachusetts State Censuses for Plympton (Boston: The Author, 1988).

Eugene A. Wright, Tales of Old Plympton, Volume 1 (Plympton: Plympton Historical Society, 1977). Stories and anecdotes about Plympton people, places, and events, originally published in the Silver Lake News.

Eugene A. Wright, Tales of Old Plympton, Volume 2 (Plympton: Plympton Historical Society, 1981). More stories and anecdotes about Plympton people, places, and events, originally published in the Silver Lake News.

Ebenezer Weaver Pierce, Historic Sketches of Hanson, Lakeville, Mattapoisett, Middleboro', Pembroke, Plympton, Rochester, Wareham and West Bridgewater (Boston: The Author, 1873).

John Sherman, Historical Address Read at the 200th Anniversary of the Town of Plympton, August 8, 1907 (Plymouth: The Author, 1907).

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Vital Records

Published Vital Records 1707 to 1850:
Henry Edwards Scott, Vital Records of Plympton, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1923).

Vital Records 1707 to present:
Town Clerk
Plympton Town House
5 Palmer Rd.
Plympton, MA 02367
Hours: Mon., Tues. & Thurs. 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Monday Evening 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Vital Records 1841-1920:
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  Deaths

Massachusetts Vital Records Information from


Deeds and Probate

Plymouth County Registry of Deeds
50 Obery Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
Researchers can search grantor books or grantee books at no charge.
Plymouth County deeds can now be viewed online at

Plymouth Probate and Family Court
52 Obery Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
Plymouth County probate files and records can now be viewed online at

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Genealogical and Historical Societies, Libraries and Locations

Genealogical and Historical Societies and Libraries

Plympton Public Library
2 Palmer Rd.
Plympton, MA 02367
Hours: Tues. and Thurs. 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Plympton Historical Commission pages hold many valuable resources, including scans of old maps, Hillcrest Cemetery transcriptions and information on the Plympton Village Historic District.

Plympton Historical Society
189 Main St.
Plympton, MA 02367

Plymouth County Genealogists, Inc.
PCGI is a non-profit genealogical society whose monthly meetings are held the first Saturday of each month (except July and August) at 1:00 PM at the East Bridgewater Public Library. Meetings generally feature a guest speaker and the public is welcome.

Old Colony History Museum
66 Church Green
Taunton, MA 02780
Hours: Tues. - Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed on holidays and on Saturdays preceding Monday holidays
Museum Admission: Adults - $4.00, Children 12-18 and Seniors - $2.00
Genealogical Research: $7.00 per day

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.

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 7:45 p.m.; Fri. 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sat. 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Closed Sunday.

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.

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History, Census Data and Maps

      In 1640 the first grants of lands were made in Winnetuxet - the area that in 1695 became the western precinct of Plymouth. In the latter year the first meeting-house was built. In 1707 the precinct was incorporated as Plympton, the seventh town in Plymouth County. In 1734 the area of the town was diminished by some 5,000 acres which became part of the new town of Halifax. The size of the town was again diminished in 1790 when the southern precinct was incorporated as the new town of Carver.

Population by Census

1765 (Prov.) 1,390     1776 (Prov.) 1,707     1790 (U.S.) 956     1800 (U.S.) 861
1810 (U.S.) 900     1820 (U.S.) 930     1830 (U.S.) 920     1840 (U.S.) 834
1850 (U.S.) 927     1855 (State) 1,000     1860 (U.S.) 994     1865 (State) 924
1870 (U.S.) 804     1875 (State) 755     1880 (U.S.) 694     1885 (State) 600
1890 (U.S.) 597     1895 (State) 549     1900 (U.S.) 488     1905 (State) 514
1910 (U.S.) 561     1915 (State) 599     1920 (U.S.) 469     1925 (State) 511
1930 (U.S.) 511     1935 (State) 558     1940 (U.S.) 532     1945 (State) 545
1950 (U.S.) 697     1955 (State) 760     1960 (U.S.) 821     1965 (State) 1,060
1970 (U.S.) 1,224     1975 (State) 1,679     1980 (U.S.) 1,974     1990 (U.S.) 2,384
2000 (U.S.) 2,637                              



The Plympton Historical Commission has posted online images of a number of historical maps of the town.

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Plympton Town Government

Plympton Town House

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Other Plympton Websites

Commonwealth Communities page for Plympton

Wicked Local Plympton News

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USGenWeb Sites

Plymouth County, MA - USGenWeb

Plymouth County Records Online - 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 Plympton
I now live hundreds of miles away and do not have easy access to the town.

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