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Weston Settlement at Wessagussett (1623-1624)

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Date: 1622 to 1623
Location: Weymouth, Massachusettsmap
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This page is devoted to the New England Settlement led by Thomas Weston.

Thomas Weston promoted the first settlement of the area of New England known as Wesagussett, establishing a settlement there in September 1622.[1] The settlement was short lived and Weston and the other settlers abandoned it and returned to England in March 1623 after a difficult winter.

A second settlement of the area led by Capt. Robert Gorges was made the following year. The Gorges settlement failed and was also abandoned but was resettled a few years later as Weymouth. Capt. Gorges returned to England when the settlement was abandoned.

An advance party of the Weston expedition first arrived at Plymouth in May 1622, making their way to Maine aboard the fishing vessel, Sparrow, and from there to Plymouth aboard a smaller boat. The remainder of the expedition departed London aboard the Charity and the Swan in April 1622 and arrived in Plymouth in late June the same year. The entire party moved to Wessagusset in July 1622 and was "permanently" settled there in August. The colony was officially established there in September 1622.

No complete list of the Weston party is known to exist. The list below is an amalgamation from various sources with an intention to create a complete, or as near complete as possible, list of the members of the Weston expedition.

List of Possible/Probable Settlers


  1. See generally, "Wessagussett Colony," Wikipedia.

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