Nazareth (Pitcher) Cushing
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Nazareth (Pitcher) Cushing (bef. 1586 - 1682)

Nazareth Cushing formerly Pitcher
Born before in Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 5 Aug 1613 in Hingham, Norfolk, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died after age 95 in Hingham, Suffolk County, Massachusettsmap
Profile last modified | Created 31 May 2009 | Last significant change: 3 Mar 2023
22:43: Doug Sinclair edited the marriage between Matthew Cushing (bef.1589-1660) and Nazareth (Pitcher) Cushing (bef.1586-1682). (changed date and place from uncertain to certain based on marriage record in the Hingham parish register) [Thank Doug for this | 1 thank-you received]
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Nazareth (Pitcher) Cushing migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Nazareth Pitcher was born circa 1586 (estimate based on her death on 6 January, 1681/2 "in the 96th year of her age.") [1] probably in Norfolk, England. [2] If she was born in the parish of Hingham, Norfolk, the parish registers do not survive before 1600 to confirm this.

There is also no evidence of her parentage. There were Pitchers in the parish of Hingham, and also in the nearby parish of Hardingham.

Nazareth married Mathew Cushing on either the first or fifth of August 1613 at Hingham, Norfolk, England. The long form S looks very much like a f in the parish register: [3]
[1613: Mariages in the same yeare] Mathew Cushinge & Nazarethe Pitcher wer maried the ffist of August


Nazareth came to Boston, arriving 10 August 1638 on the ship Diligent with her husband, Matthew Cushing, their five children, and her sister, widow Francis Riecroft. [4] They settled that year in Hingham.[5]


Their children, all born in England, were:

  1. Daniel Cushing
  2. Jeremiah (Jesse?) Cushing
  3. Matthew Cushing
  4. Deborah Cushing
  5. John Cushing

Research Notes

Baptism/Error in print. A prior version of this profile reported, "She was baptized 30 Oct 1586 in Hardingham, Norfolk, England [6][7][4] And also, Nazareth was born in 1586. She was the daughter of Henry Pitcher and Sarah Bond. She passed away in 1681. [8]

See the comment posted, as there were no baptisms at Hardingham on that date.[9]


  1., Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 (Provo, Utah; Operations, Inc.; 2011.) Hingham Records of Births, Marriages, and Death. Subscription site.
  2. History of the Town of Hingham, Massachusetts (The Town of Hingham, Massachusetts, 1893) Vol II, p.150
  3. Marriage: "Norfolk, England, Church of England Baptism, Marriages, and Burials, 1535-1812"
    Norfolk > Hingham parish register > 1600-1676 image 20
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Image (accessed 3 March 2022)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Cushing, James Stevenson; The Genealogy of the Cushing Family, an account of the ancestors and descendants of Matthew Cushing, who came to America in 1638 (Montreal; The Perrault Printing Co.; 1905.) Available through Internet Archive: Page 21.
  5. Article "Daniel Cushing's List in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1861). (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2018.) Volume 15 (1861), page 26. Subscription site.
  6. Little Vol 4, p.1868
  7. Little Vol 3, p.1201
  8. First-hand information as remembered by Mary Pitcher, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Replace this citation if there is another source.
  9. Year 1586, Parish registers of Hardingham; digital images, FamilySearch, FHL Digital Collection, DGS 4033226 (Hingham), image 9 of 133.
  • Little, George Thomas, author and Burrage, Henry S., editir; Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine (New York, Lewis Historical Pub. Co., 1909.) Available through Internet Archive: Volume 3 and Volume 4.
  • "The Pioneers of Masschusettes: A Descriptive List Drawn from Records of the Colonies, Towns and Churches and Other Contemporaneous Documents" by Charles Henry Pope, published by Genealogical Society Co., Inc, Baltimore, MA, 1986

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Apart from unsourced internet trees and the James Stephenson Cushing book of 1905 (reference 4 above), there is no evidence cited for Nazareth's father being a Henry Pitcher. There is no reliable reference for the existence of an Admiral Henry Pitcher to be found in the usual English reliable sources of this period (Dictionary of National Biography, British History Online collected historical sources including the State Papers of England). Hingham is about 30 miles inland from the coast and not on a waterway.

Are there any US sources from after the emigration which supports a father Henry, Admiral or otherwise?

posted by Jo Fitz-Henry
The same claims are made on the memorial statuary in the image attached to this profile, which appears to come from the Find a Grave memorial (Find A Grave: Memorial #16700661), but the Find a Grave memorial bio says it was erected in 1880 by another descendant, so probably just repeating the same family claims of uncertain source that are published in the 1905 James Stephenson Cushing book.
posted by Scott McClain
edited by Scott McClain
This claim was made at least as early as 1847, when it appeared in a sketch of Nahum Mitchell in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 1(1847):282: "Matthew [Cushing]'s wife was Nazareth, daughter of Henry Pitcher." Still unsourced, though.
posted by Robert Battle
PGM has been added as co-manager. Please continue to manage profile as usual
posted by S (Hill) Willson
Courtesy of Jo Fitz-Henry, there were no baptisms at Hardingham on 30 October 1586. A Nazareth Dewry was baptized there on 3 April. See FindMyPast; see also Year 1586, Parish registers of Hardingham; digital images, FamilySearch, FHL Digital Collection, DGS 4033226 (Hingham), image 9 of 133.

The baptismal information reported in the data field for Nazareth Pitcher is an error in print. James Stevenson Cushing, The genealogy of the Cushing family, an account of the ancestors and descendants of Matthew Cushing, who came to America in 1638 ( Montreal, The Perrault printing co., 1905), 21 (Matthew Cushing); digital images, InternetArchive.

Edited: Added link to FS Hardingham register.

posted by GeneJ X
edited by GeneJ X
Great Migration Badge please for Nazareth, husband and her children for having arrived on the Diligent in 1638. Thank you.
posted by Renee Malloy Esq

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