Category: Nantucket Founders and Descendants

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This is a sub-project of U.S. projects and Massachusetts project. The project coordinator is Darlene Athey Hill.


Project Discussions

We use the G2G forum for our discussions of project matters. Please don't hesitate to ask for help with tracing your family-history back to the founding fathers of Nantucket. All posts to the G2G forum need to be tagged with Nantucket in order for them to be brought to the attention of the project members.


Nantucket was granted to Thomas Mayhew in 1641. In 1659 Mayhew sold an interest in the island to nine other purchasers, reserving 1/10th of an interest for himself “for the sum of thirty pounds…and also two beaver hats, one for myself, and one for my wife.”

Each of the ten original owners was allowed to invite one partner. There is some confusion about the identity of the first twenty owners, partly because William Pile didn’t choose a partner, and sold his interest to Richard Swain, which was eventually divided between John Bishop and the children of George Bunker.

The founders included: - Tristram Coffin Sr. - Thomas Macy - Richard Swain - Thomas Barnard - Peter Coffin - Stephen Greenleaf - John Swain - William Pile - Christopher Hussy

The ten partners were: - John Smith - Nathaniel Starbuck - Edward Starbuck - Thomas Look - Robert Barnard - James Coffin - Tristram Coffin Jr. - Thomas Coleman - (sold his interest to Richard Swain) - Robert Pike

You can read a brief history of Nantucket here.

Timeline of Nantucket: here

Wikipedia article on Nantucket is located here

How to Add Profiles to the Project

If you come across a profile of, or currently are the profile manager for, anyone that descends from one of the founders of Nantucket, be sure to add the following at the top of the biography section of the profile:

[[Category:Nantucket Founders and Descendants]]

This will add them to the project and make it easier for people looking for a specific Nantucket profile.

What You Can Do to Help

Since this is a new project, we need the assistance of people that will help add profiles for all of the descendants of the Nantucket founders.

Recommended online sources to use include:

Project Members

If you would like to join the Nantucket project, please add your name and list your current focus on this page: Nantucket Project Members

Please keep track of what you're currently working on for this project by changing the information shown and showing current date. This is both for your own reference and to aid collaboration amongst the project participants. If you are going to be temporarily inactive in the project (e.g. on vacation), please note that there. Thanks!


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