[Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]

THE TOWN OF PLYMPTON, Plymouth County, was established June 4, 1707, from a part of Plymouth.
  • July 4, 1734, a part was included in the new town of Halifax.
  • December 11, 1734, a part of Middleborough was annexed.
  • June 9, 1790, a part was established as Carver.
  • February 8, 1793, bounds between Plympton and Carver were established.
  • March 16, 1831, a part was annexed to Halifax.
  • February 6, 1863, bounds between Plympton and Halifax were established and a part of each town was annexed to the other town.
Population by. Census:
  • 1765 (Prov.), 1390;
  • 1776 (Prov.), 1707;
  • 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), 1000;
  • 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.


1. The fact that a birth, marriage, or death is recorded in , Plympton does not prove that it occurred there, unless it is so stated in the record. When, places other than Plympton and Massachusetts are named in the original records, they are given as they appear there; but when Plympton is named, the initial letter only is used, except in unusual phrases.

2. In all items from town records the original spelling is followed, and no attempt is made to correct errors appearing in the records.

3. The various spellings of a name should be examined, as items about the same family or individual may be found under different spellings.

4. A baptism is not printed, if it occurs within one year after the recorded date of birth of a child of the same name and parents or if it is clear that the child baptized is identical with the child of the birth record; but variations found in the baptismal record are added to the birth record.

5. The birth of a married woman is recorded under her maiden name, if it is known. But if the maiden name cannot be determined, the entry appears under the husband's name, with a dash enclosed in brackets, i.e., [-----], to signify that the maiden name is unknown. If it is not known whether the surname is that of a married or unmarried woman, ? m. is placed in brackets after the Christian name.

6. Marriages and intentions of marriage are printed under the names of both parties. When both the marriage and intention of marriage are recorded, only the marriage record is printed; and where a marriage appears without the intention being recorded, it is designated with an asterisk.

7. Additional information which does not appear in the original text of an item, i.e., any explanation, query, inference, or difference show in other entries of the record, is bracketed. Parentheses are used to show variations in the spelling of a name in the same entry, to indicate the maiden name of a wife, to enclose an imperfect portion of the original text, and to separate clauses in the original text.

8. According to Chapter 84 of the Laws of 1857 records of out-of-town marriages prior to 1800 were returned to the place of residence of the contracting parties, and such a marriage is designated by a double dagger ( ) preceding it.

9. In March, 1812, Lewis Bradford became town clerk of Plympton and held this position until 1851. During his term of office he often added information to records entered by previous town clerks and recorded in his own new entries events that occurred before he took office. In compiling this volume these two kinds of records have been placed between the following characters, ( ), and the quotatioa marks employed in other entries to indicate unusual words and phrases have been omitted. He also inserted certain, marriage records taken from the church books, and these have been designated by a section mark (1).

10. An example of one of Lewis Bradford's entries, as printed among the births in this volume, follows.

ADAMS, (Sarah, w. John Perkias (s. Luke and Elisabeth (first w.)), d. Capt. Joshua of Kingston and Molly; s. Thomas of Kingston and Bathsheba (d. Isreal Bradford and Sarah; s. Maj. William and Mary (third w.); s. Gov. William and Alice), Apr. 28, 1760).

This entry should be interpreted as follows:
Sarah Adams, wife of John Perkins, who was son of Luke and Elizabeth his first wife, was daughter of Capt. Joshua Adams of Kingston and Molly. Capt. Joshua was son of Thomas of Kingston and Bathsheba, who was daughter of Israel Bradford and Sarah. Israel Bradford was son of Maj. William and Mary his third wife, and Maj. William was son of Gov. William and Alice. Sarah Adams was born Apr. 28, 1760.

  • a - age
  • abt. - about
  • b. -- born
  • bp. -- baptized
  • bur. -- buried
  • C.R.. - church record, Congregational Church
  • ch. - child
  • chn. - children
  • Co. - county
  • d. - daughter; day; died
  • Dea. -- deacon
  • dec'd - deceased
  • dup. -- duplicate entry
  • Eld. - Elder
  • Ens. --- Ensign
  • G.R.1. - gravestone record, Old Cemetery, at Plympton Centre
  • G.R.2. - gravestone record, a small cemetery in the northern part of Plympton, near the Kingston line.
  • G.R.3. -- gravestone record, the small pox cemetery at Plympton Centre.
  • G.R.4. - gravestone record, the cemetery behind the church at Plympton Centre.
  • h. -hours; husband
  • inf. - infant
  • int. -- publishmeat of intention of marriage
  • Jr. - junior
  • Lt. -- Lieutenant
  • m. - married; month
  • mar. - marriage
  • min. - minutes
  • P. -- Plympton
  • P.C.R. - Plymouth County Record
  • P.R.1 - private record, from the John Sherman family Bible in the possession (1911) of John Sherman, Jr., of Plympton
  • P.R.2. - private record, from the James C. Ellis family Bible in the possession (1911) of Mrs. Ada Ellis Fuller of Plympton
  • P.R.3. -Private record, from the Benjamin Warren family Bible in the possession (1911) of Mrs. Alice Vickery of Plympton
  • P.R.4. - private record, from the family Bible of Miss Eunice Loring Sherman in the possession (1911) of Mrs. Mildred Sherman Bradford of Plympton
  • P.R.5. - private record, from the Thomas Bowers Harrub family Bible in the possession (1911) of Mrs. Elizabeth P. Fillebrown of Plympton
  • P.R.6. -- private record, from the Isaiah Churchill family record in the possession (1911) of Isaiah Francis Churchill of Plympton
  • P.R.7. - private record, from the Darius White family Bible in the possession (1911) of Mrs. Emily F. Walton of Plympton
  • P.R.8. -- private record, from the Alexander Churchill family record in the possession (1911) of Mrs. Juliet Churchill Wright of Plympton
  • P.R.9. -private record, from the Zacheus Sherman family record in the possession (1911) of Algernon Sidney Sherman of Plympton
  • q.v. - which see; whom see
  • rec. - recorded
  • s. --- son
  • Sr. -- senior
  • w. -week; wife
  • wid. --- widow
  • widr. --- widower
  • y. --year

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