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Cohasset, Norfolk, MA

Cohasset was first seen by Europeans in 1614, when Captain John Smith explored the coast of New England. The area was first settled in 1670 and became a town separate from Hingham in 1770. Previously, what is today the town of Cohasset was known as Hingham's Second Parish. The town's name came from the Algonquian word "Conahasset", meaning "long rocky place". Much of the land was originally granted to the "Conahasset Partners".

Cohasset includes: Beechwood and Black Rock Station. mass_lookup.htm

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1770 - Cohasset is incorporated.
Prior to incorporation, Cohasset was a part of Hingham.

1839 - Cohasset
Cohasset, Massachusetts
Norfolk county. A town on Massachusetts bay, noted for its rocky coast and numerous shipwrecks. 6 miles E. from Hingham, 20 E. by S. from Dedham, and about 16 S.E. from Boston by water. Incorporated, 1770. This place has about 40 sail of merchant, coasting, and fishing vessels, and a large tide-water power. Cohasset has become a great resort for citizens and strangers, in summer months, to enjoy the marine scenery, exhilirating air, and all those pleasures for which Nahant is celebrated. The value of the fisheries, for the year ending April 1, 1837, was $75,536. The value of salt, vessels, boots, shoes, and wooden ware manufactured, was $35,920.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
1845 - COHASSET. [Pop. 1,471. Inc. 1770.]
Cohasset was originally a part of Hingham, which belongs to Plymouth County.

Its seashore is girt with dangerous rocks, and distinguished for numerous distressing shipwrecks.

Shipbuilding and the fisheries give employment to many of the inhabitants.

Of late, Cohasset has become a pleasant summer retreat for the citizens of the metropolis.

The little town of Hull, though joined to Cohasset, belongs to Plymouth County.

Distance from Dedham, 20 miles ; from Boston, by water, 16.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
1848 - Cohasset
This town was originally a part of Hingham; it was incorporated in 1770. The first minister of Cohasset was Rev. Nehemiah Hobart, the grandson of Rev. Peter Hobart. the first minister of Hingham. He was ordained in 1721, and continued in the ministry till his death, in 1740. His successor was Rev. John Fowle, who continued here about thirteen years. Rev. John Brown was the next minister, who was settled here in 1747, and died in 1791. His successor was. Mr. Shaw, who was in the ministry here about four years. The Rev. Jacob Flint, the next minister, was settled here in 1798. A Trinitarian church was built here in 1826, and Rev. Aaron Picket was installed the first pastor.

This town is noted for its rocky coasts, and for the numerous shipwrecks which have taken place on its borders. Cohasset rock, which consists of several small islands and sunken rocks. lies about three miles north east of the harbor; they have proved fatal to many vessels. This town has become quite a place of... Read MORE...

1880 - A ship canal over seven miles long is to be constructed across the Isthmus at Cohasset Narrows, in Massachusetts, at a cost of about $2,500,000.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
March 20, 1880
Cohasset Massachusetts, 1890
Cohasset is a pleasant seaboard town and watering-place 20 miles southeast of Boston by the South-shore Railroad. The town of Hingham separates it from the rest of Norfolk County, to which it belongs. It has the southeast part of Hull on the northwest, Massachusetts Bay on the north and northeast, Scituate on the south east and also on the south, with an angle of Norwell, and Hingham, on the west.

[old and new Minot's-Ledge Lighthouses, Cohasset]

The geological formation is sienite, and ledges of this rock give a romantic aspect to the town, and form many picturesque and dangerous reefs, points and islands off the shore. "The Cohasset Rocks, so called, have sent many a proud vessel to destruction, and are greatly dreaded by the mariner when driven to wards the coast by the northeastern gale. The lighthouse on one of these rocks, called "Minot's Ledge," with its two keepers, was carried away in the tremendous storm of April 16, 1851. Another lighthouse, on the model of the... Read MORE...

1895 - Cohasset
Cohas'set, a post-village, summer resort, and watering-place of Norfolk co., Mass, on the Atlantic Ocean in Cohasset township, and on the Old Colony Railroad, 21 miles E.S.E. of Boston. It has 5 churches and a savings-bank. This township is detached from the rest of the county. Pop. of the township, 2448.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1900 - From Hingham (UK), a fragment of the of the old font, part of the shaft of the original 14th century baptismal font, was presented to America
where it was restored and incorporated in the font of St Stephens Church (built 1899 – 1900) in the parish of Cohasset which split from Hingham (Massachusetts) in 1770.
Cohasset, a banking post-village, summer-resort, and watering-place of Norfolk co., Mass., on the Atlantic: Ocean, in Cohasset township (town), and on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 21 miles ESE. of Boston. Pop. of the town in 1900, 2759.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Cohasset:
Cohasset Common:

Take a leisurely stroll through Cohasset Common, a historic and picturesque town center with green spaces, a gazebo, and charming New England architecture.

Little Harbor Marina:

Explore Little Harbor Marina, where you can enjoy waterfront views, watch boats, and even take a scenic harbor cruise.

Cohasset Harbor:

Visit Cohasset Harbor and take a walk along the waterfront. There are often boats and yachts to admire, and it's a peaceful spot for relaxation.

Sandy Beach:

Spend a day at Sandy Beach, a local favorite for swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking. It's a great spot for families.

Wompatuck State Park:

Head to nearby Wompatuck State Park for hiking, biking, and exploring nature trails. The park also offers camping facilities if you want to extend your stay.

South Shore Art Center:

Appreciate local art at the South Shore Art Center, featuring exhibits and workshops. It's a great place to support local artists and get... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Cohasset, Massachusetts, USA

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female ancestorJoanne HUCKER (1616, , England (United Kingdom) - 15 August 1658, Cohasset, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorAaron PRATT (24 February 1649, Charlestown, Massachusetts, USA* - 23 February 1735, Cohasset, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorSarah PRATT (31 May 1664, Weymouth, Massachusetts, USA - 22 July 1706, Cohasset, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorAaron PRATT (10 March 1691, Hingham, Massachusetts, USA - 28 March 1767, Cohasset, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorMary WHITCOMB (9 March 1703, Scituate, Massachusetts, USA - 8 August 1776, Cohasset, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorMary PRATT (13 June 1726, Hingham, Massachusetts, USA - 19 February 1806, Cohasset, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorJohn PRATT (17 December 1728, Hingham, Massachusetts, USA - 19 August 1775, Cohasset, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorMary PRATT (1730, Hingham, Massachusetts, USA - 17 February 1806, Cohasset, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorSarah PRATT (27 December 1731, Hingham, Massachusetts, USA - 11 May 1806, Cohasset, Massachusetts, USA)

Ancestors Who Were Married in Cohasset, Massachusetts, USA

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male ancestorJared JOY (19 December 1749 - 29 November 1792) and female ancestorOlive LITCHFIELD (4 June 1758 - 31 January 1821) married 22 March 1778
male ancestorJacob PRATT (7 August 1774 - 6 August 1853) and female ancestorOlive JOY (24 June 1787 - 12 November 1860) married 21 November 1811
male ancestorMinot PRATT (5 February 1808 - 1 June 1872) and female ancestorLillias (Lillie) Joy PRATT (19 September 1820 - 25 November 1879) married 3 April 1842
male ancestorSamuel Hartwell BATES (23 December 1866 - 8 July 1945) and female ancestorIda CURTIS (17 March 1864 - 25 November 1911) married 10 September 1887
male ancestorJohn Francis SMITH (20 September 1869 - 6 May 1936) and female ancestorEllen Frances CONNEELY (CONNOLLY) (10 October 1875 - 15 January 1975) married 6 January 1896

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