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Richard Dwelley (1630 - 1692)

Richard Dwelley
Born in Englandmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married 1658 in Lancaster, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 62 in Scituate,map
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Richard came from Somerset, England perhaps as early as 1631. He was the first of this name in the country so far as can be shown.[1]

He was one of the incorporators of the town of Lancaster on Feb. 18, 1654. He moved to Hingham, ca. 1660.[2] In 1665, Richard moved to Scituate to a farm about a mile north of Third Herring Brook.[1]

The name of his wife is unknown. Children:[3]

  1. Samuel
  2. John
  3. Richard
  4. Mary

In 1666, he was named in a list of constables for Duxbury, MA.

He was a farmer.[1]

He served in King Philip's War of 1675-76, for which he received a grant of land in 1676. This land was between Cornet's mill and the Plymouth road in Scituate. He had meadow land at Till's creek which subsequently was known as Dwelley's creek.[1]

In 1691, Richard gifted land in consideration of the tender love and fatherly affection, to his son John Dwelley of Scituate.[4]

He died 1692. There is no record of his family here.

His inventory was taken on 17 June 1692 and recorded at Plymouth. His eldest son, Richard gave oath to the inventory on 20 September 1692.[5]

James Cole, a tavern keeper of Plymouth, was fined five shillings on 3 October 1665 for allowing Richard Dwelley to be drunk in his house.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Deane S. History of Scituate Massachusetts : From Its First Settlement to 1831. Baltimore Md: Clearfield; 1993. p.265
  2. History of the town of Hingham, Massachusetts. Thomas T Bouvé; Edward Tracy Bouvé; John Davis Long; Walter Lincoln Bouvé; Francis Henry Lincoln; George Lincoln; Edmund Hersey; Fearing Burr; Charles Winfield Scott Seymour; Hingham (Mass.). (1893). Pub. by the town. Vol II, p.207
  3. JS. A Historical Sketch of the Town of Hanover Mass. with Family Genealogies. Boston: Published for the author by S.G. Drake; 1853. Accessed December 9 2022.
  4. "Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986," images, FamilySearch ( : 22 May 2014), Plymouth > Deeds 1664-1711 vol 1-5 > image 74 of 652; county courthouses and offices, Massachusetts.
  5. "Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Records, 1633-1967," images, FamilySearch (  : 19 March 2023), Probate records 1686-1702 and 1849-1867 vol 1-1F > image 80 of 490; State Archives, Boston.
  6. Plymouth County Records 4:107

Secondary Sources

  • Fenn A. M. G. (1981). Edward Fenn (c. 1644-1732) : his descendants and many related families. A.M. Fenn.

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