USGenWeb Genealogical Site for the Town of

Link to Marion Town Web Site Marion
(Formerly the Fourth Precinct of Rochester)
Plymouth County
Link to USGenWeb

Including the Villages of East Marion, Gifford's Corner, Great Neck,
Hamlin's Corner, Handy's Corner, North Marion and Sippican

See also the site for the parent town of Rochester

Marion Town House

Marion Town House

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

New Information on This Site

November 11, 2011 — Welcome to the brand new Marion 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 Marion

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 or Google Books. Additional books are available through two sites that many libraries offer access to - and Heritage Quest Online.

Charles S. Hamlin, et. al., Mattapoisett and Old Rochester Massachusetts: Being a History of These Towns and Also In Part of Marion and a Portion of Wareham (New York: The Grafton Press, 1907).

Charles Milton Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, MA: Middleborough Public Library, 1995). Contains transcriptions from five Marion cemeteries made in the late 1880s. Although this is still a useful resource, many transcription errors have been discovered, so use Thatcher with care and check it against the actual gravestones or other transcriptions.

Jane Yolen, Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple and Roger Roth, The Mary Celeste: An Unsolved Mystery from History (New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1999).

Judith Westlund Rosbe, Marion (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2000).

Judith Westlund Rosbe, Maritime Marion, Massachusetts (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2002).

Brian Hicks, Ghost Ship: The Mysterious True Story of the Mary Celeste and Her Missing Crew (New York: Ballantine Books, 2004)

Kate Salley Palmer, Francis Marion and the Legend of the Swamp Fox (Central, SC: Warbranch Press, 2005).

Judith Westlund Rosbe, Marion Art Center (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2007).

Pete Smith, A Picture Postcard History of Marion, Massachusetts (New Bedford, MA: Spinner Publications, 2007).

Judith Westlund Rosbe, Marion in the Golden Age (Charleston, SC: History Press, 2009).

Many books about Marion are available ftom The Sippican Historical Society

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Vital Records

Vital Records 1852 to present:
Town Clerk
Marion Town House
2 Spring St.
Marion, MA 02738

Vital Records 1852-1920:
Massachusetts Archives
220 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125

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

Plymouth County Registry of Deeds
50 Obery Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
Fax: 508-830-9221
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Researchers can search grantor books or grantee books at no charge.

Plymouth Probate and Family Court
52 Obery Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
Fax: 508-746-6826
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Genealogical and Historical Societies and Libraries

Elizabeth Taber Library
8 Spring St.
Marion, MA 02738

The Sippican Historical Society
139 Front St.
PO Box 541
Marion, MA 02738
The Society maintains the historic Walton Nye Ellis House at the corner of Main and Front Sts. in Marion, including a museum and gift shop.

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

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

New England Historic Genealogical Society
101 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116-3007

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 and Census Data

Marion was established May 14, 1852, from the Fourth Precinct of Rochester.

Population by Census

1855 (State) 969     1860 (U.S.) 918     1865 (State) 960     1870 (U.S.) 896
1875 (State) 862     1880 (U.S.) 958     1885 (State) 965     1890 (U.S.) 871
1895 (State) 759     1900 (U.S.) 902     1905 (State) 1,029     1910 (U.S.) 1,460
1915 (State) 1,487;     1920 (U.S.) 1,288;     1925 (State) 1,271     1930 (U.S.) 1,638
1935 (State) 1,867     1940 (U.S.) 2,030     1945 (State) 2,120     1950 (U.S.) 2,250
1955 (State) 2,776     1960 (U.S.) 2,881     1965 (State) 3,481     1970 (U.S.) 3,466
1975 (State) 3,764     1980 (U.S.) 3,932     1990 (U.S.) 4,496     2000 (U.S.) 5,123
2010 (U.S.) 4,907                              

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Marion Town Government and Institutions

Marion Home Page

School Department

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Other Marion Websites

Commonwealth Communities page for Marion

Wicked Local Marion 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 30 miles from Marion
I now live hundreds of miles away and do not have easy access to the town.

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USGenWeb Marion, MA, commenced 11-Nov-2011.
Original site commenced 2007 by Wendy L. (Hawksley) Callahan.
Created and maintained by Dale H. Cook.
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