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Richard Dwelley (1630 - 1692)

Richard Dwelley
Born in Englandmap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1658 in Lancaster, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 62 in Scituate, Plymouth Colonymap
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Buried Norwell, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location

* According to Deane, he "was in Scituate 1664, or earlier, probably the same that was in Lancaster 1654 and Hingham a few years afterward. His farm was on the road leading from the third Herring brok to the harbour, about one mile north of said brook, and his house stood where stands [in 1850] the house of Capt. Seth Foster, late deceased. In 1676, he was a solder in Philip's war, and receive a grant of land for his services, between Cornet's mill and the Plymough road. He had meadow land at Till's creek, which subsequently is knowna s Dwelley's creek. He died 1692. There is no record of his family here."

According to Fenn, "He came from Somerset, Eng. to Lancaster, MA before 1654, maybe ca. 1645, and one source says as early as 1631. He was the first of this name in the country so far as can be shown . . . He was one of the Incorporators of thelown of Lancaster, MA Feb. 18, 1854; moved to HIngham, MA ca. 1660; and in 1665, moved to Scituate, MA to a farm about a mile nort of Third Herring Brook. In 1666, he was named in a list of constables for Duxbury, MA. He was a farmer. He served in King Philip's War of 1675-76, for which he received a grant of land in 1676" (183).

His first wife, by whom he had his children, is unknown.

Fenn says that she uses two sources--but the second contains virtually no information, so the first must be her major source: 1. Five Generations of American Dwelles, by Ben and Alice (Dwelle) Dixon; and 2. Vital Records of Scituate, Massachusetts to the Year 1850., 3 vols [1, 4]


Note: Richard Dwelley, Sr. was in Lancaster, Massachusetts in 1654, in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1660, and in Scituate, Massachusetts in 1665. He had a farm "about a mile north of the third Herring brook." In 1676, he was a soldier in King Philip's War and received for his services a grant of land 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.
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 {Plymouth County Records 4:107].


1. [S364] Edward Fenn (c. 1644-1732), His Descendants and Related Families, (Privately Published, July 1981), 183.

2. [S366] History of the Town of Hingham, Massachusetts, George Lincoln, et al., (Hingham: Town of Hingham, 1893), 3.207.

3. [S553] Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs relating to the Families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, William Richard Cutter, (New York: Lewis), 2.683.

4. [S560] History of Scituate, Massachusetts, from its First Settlement to 1831, Samuel Deane, (Boston: James Loring), 265.

5. [S558] A Historical Sketch of Hanover, Mass., with Family Genealogies, John S. Barry, (Boston: Samuel Drake), 296.

  • WikiTree profile Dwelley-10 created through the import of BDM7-7-11.ged on Jul 8, 2011 by Brian McCullough.

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