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Hingham, Massachusetts, USA - Old Ship Church, Oldest Parish Church in America  The Old Ship Church (also known as the Old Ship Meetinghouse) is a Puritan church built in 1681 i

Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Derby Academy, in Hingham, was founded in 1784. It is the oldest co-ed school in the United States.

...The first significant European settlement was established in 1635 when the Rev. Peter Hobart arrived with his followers from Hingham, England. In that same year, they renamed the town, Hingham, and it was incorporated as the 12th town in the Massachusetts Bay Colony... about_history.html

Hingham includes: Crow Point, Liberty Plain, Lower Plain, Nantasket Junction, Old Colony House, Queen Anne's Corner (Accord), Upper Plains, World's End, and Broad Cove. mass_lookup.htm

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Old Ship Church, Oldest Parish Church in America
Hingham, Massachusetts, USA

Old Ship Church, Oldest Parish Church in America

"The Old Ship Church (also known as the Old Ship Meetinghouse) is a Puritan church built in 1681 in Hingham, Massachusetts. It is the only surviving 17th-century Puritan meetinghouse in America. Its congregation, gathered in 1635 and officially known as First Parish in Hingham, occupies the oldest church building in continuous ecclesiastical use in the United States. On October 9, 1960, it was designated a National Historic Landmark and on November 15, 1966, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places." wikipedia
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Hingham, Massachusetts, USA

Junction Lincoln & North Streets, Hingham, Mass.
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Hingham, Massachusetts, USA

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Hingham, Massachusetts, USA

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1633 - “Elizabeth Bonaventure” departs Great Yarmouth and settles Bare Cove (America)
1635 - Hingham is established
A second party arrives from England and Bare Cove is renamed to Hingham (Massachusetts)
The eastern part of the town of Hingham split off to become Cohasset in 1770.
1839 - Hingham
Hingham, Massachusetts
Plymouth county. A pleasant town on Boston harbor, and an agreeable resort for citizens and strangers. It lies 11 miles S.E. from Boston by water, and 14 by land. Hingham cove is 5 miles S.W. from Nantasket beach, about 6 W. from Cohasset harbor, and 24 N.N.W. from Plymouth. First settled, 1633. Incorporated, 1635. Population, in 1830, 3,357; 1837, 3,445.

Major-general Benjamin Lincoln, was born in this town, Jan. 23, 1733; he died May 9, 1810.

This town is remarkable for its healthiness and longevity. During 50 years, 8 persons died in one house, whose average age was 84 years.

About 80 sail of vessels belong to this place which are engaged in the cod and mackerel fishery, and coasting trade;—aggregate tonnage about 5,000 tons.

In this town is an iron foundry, considerable ship building, a steam bucket factory; and large quantities of other wooden wares are manufactured, and some salt.

The amount of manufactures of Hingham, for the year ending... Read MORE...

1845 - HINGHAM. [Pop. 3,564. Inc. 1635.]
Hingham was named from Hingham in England, whence the first minister, and some of the first inhabitants came. Before the settlement it was called Bear Cove.

In Philip's War, some houses were burned, and some persons
killed in the town. The Church of the first parish, said to be the
oldest in the State, was built in 1680.

Benjamin Lincoln, a Major General in the army of the Revolution, and Commander of the forces afterwards raised to suppress the Shays' Insurrection in Massachusetts, was a native of Hingham.

Hingham has long been celebrated for the manufacture of wooden
ware, but its industry is not confined to that branch. It is also largely concerned in the fisheries.

Distance from Plymouth, 24 miles ; from Boston, 14

An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
1854 - Hingham
Hingham, a post-village of Plymouth co., Mass., on the S. side of Massachusetts bay. and on the South Shore railroad, 17 miles S. S. W. from Boston. It contains several churches, and a bank. It is a favorite summer resort. The township is noted for its commerce and manufactures. Pop., 3980.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
Boston, September 1.

Yesterday afternoon, at one o'clock, a stage coach, with a party of twelve ladies and gentlemen, neighbors, was on its way from Lovell's Corner, South Weymouth, where they all resided, to the beach at Cohasset, the party proposing to stay some days at the last named place. In crossing the South Shore railroad track, at West Hingham, where the country road and railroad cross each other obliquely, running almost parallel, the two horses slewed a little at the approach of a freight train, and one of the coach wheels caught between the rails and the wooden planking of the road crossing. At that moment the cow-catcher struck and shattered the wheel, turning the coach over on MR. LOVELL, and killed him instantly, and seven others out of the party of twelve were badly injured.

One man was thrown from the top of the coach on to the engine-tender and was not injured.

A lady was thrown on the cow-catcher and carried on it till the train stopped, losing both of her... Read MORE...

1870 - At Hingham, Mass., the Methodist Rev. W. T. Alderman, who was sick and unable to officiate his church on a recent Sunday, sent his wife as a substitute, and the accounts relate that she preached a better sermon than her husband ever did.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
January 1, 1870
Hingham Massachusetts, 1890
Hingham is a fine old town, situated on the south shore of Boston Bay, and in the northern extremity of Plymouth County, about 17 miles southeast of Boston by the South-shore branch of the Old Colony Railroad, which has a station at West Hingham, Hingham, Old Colony House, where the Nantasket Beach Branch connects, and at Weirs, on the latter road. Other villages are Hingham centre, South Hingham, Downer Landing, Glad Tidings Plain, Liberty Plain and Queen Anne's Corner. The dwellings number 1,060, and the inhabitants 4,375. The assessed area is 12,973 acres, — which includes 2,642 acres of woodland.

The town is bounded on the north by Boston Bay, on the northeast by Cohasset, on the southeast by South Scituate and Rockland, and on the west by Weymouth, from which it is in part separated by Weymouth Back River. The northern line is extremely circuitous. The harbor admits of sloop navigation, and is well protected. Steamers run constantly between this place and Boston, 12 miles... Read MORE...

1895 - Hingham
Hingham, hing'am, a post-village of Plymouth co. Mass., in Hingham township, on Massachusetts Bay, and on the South Shore Branch of the Old Colony Railroad, about 12 miles by water, or 17 miles by rail, S.E. of Boston. It has 8 churches, a high school, the Derby Academy, a public library, 2 banks, and a newspaper office. It is a place of summer resort, commanding fine marine views, The township contains villages named Hingham Centre and South Hingham. Pop. of township, 4564.
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
Hingham, a banking post-village and summer-resort of Plymouth co., Mass., in Hingham township (town), on Massachusetts Bay and on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 12 miles (direct) SE. of Boston. It has the Derby Academy. Pop. of the town ( which also comprises West Hingham, South Hingham, and Hingham Center) in 1900, 5059 ; of the village, about 1500.
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
1985 - Gift from Hingham, UK
On occasion of Hingham (Massachusetts) 350th anniversary from Hingham (UK) a replica of the Hingham (UK) old town sign.
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and activities to enjoy in Hingham:
1. World's End

Take a stroll through this beautiful park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.
Enjoy scenic views of the Boston skyline and the harbor.

Perfect for hiking and picnics.

2. Hingham Shipyard

Explore the Hingham Shipyard, a waterfront complex with shops and restaurants.

Catch a movie at the luxury Patriot Cinemas.
Grab a bite to eat at Wahlburgers, a popular restaurant owned by the Wahlberg brothers.

3. Hingham Harbor

Walk along the picturesque Hingham Harbor.
Visit the Hingham Maritime Center to learn about the town's maritime history.

Take a harbor cruise to enjoy the coastal scenery.

4. Downtown Hingham Square

Explore the historic downtown area with its charming shops and boutiques.

Visit the Old Ship Church, one of the oldest churches in the United States.

Grab a coffee at one of the local cafes and enjoy the small-town atmosphere.

5. South Shore Country Club

Play a round of golf at the South Shore Country Club.

The club...

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

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male ancestorJohn MASON (April 1600 - 30 January 1672) and female ancestorAnne Rosamond PECK (18 November 1619 - 30 June 1672) married July 1639
male ancestorNicholas HODSON (1615 - 1704) and female ancestorEsther WINES (1618 - 29 November 1647) married 10 December 1639
male ancestorJohn SMITH (1630 - 27 April 1695) and female ancestorSarah WOODWARD (1630 - February 1707) married 6 May 1645
male ancestorJohn LEAVITT (1608 - 20 November 1691) and female ancestorSarah GILMAN (1622 - 26 May 1700) married 16 September 1646
male ancestorMark EAMES (29 April 1620 - 1693) and female ancestorElizabeth ANDREWS (March 1621 - 1693) married 26 May 1648
male ancestorJohn JACOB (26 February 1629 - 18 September 1693) and female ancestorMargery EAMES (5 December 1630 - 7 April 1659) married 20 October 1653
male ancestorJohn LORING (20 December 1630 - 19 September 1714) and female ancestorMary BAKER (August 1639 - 13 July 1679) married 16 December 1657
male ancestorRichard DWELLEY (1630 - 27 May 1692) and female ancestorDinah UNKNOWN (1635 - 1690) married abt. 1658
male ancestorJoseph BATES (28 September 1628 - 30 April 1706) and female ancestorEsther HILLIARD (25 March 1642 - 9 June 1709) married 9 January 1658

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