Archival Collections of Hanson Family Papers

  • Barker family papers, 1835-1911. Correspondence, poetry and newspaper clippings of Barker family of Hanson, Mass., with some items of Cushing family of Scituate, Mass. Family members include Deacon Josiah Barker; Eliza (Cushing) Barker; Albert S. Barker, commander of the U.S.S. Enterprise; Eliza (Barker) Goddard; and J.R. Goddard. There is one letter from Albert Cushing to his mother. Also included in this collection is a coat of arms of Sir Francis Forbes, alderman of the city of London. Available at the Massachusetts Historical Society.
  • Nathaniel Cushing papers, 1776-1827. Forty-one letters to Cushing and his wife, Mehetable Dodge Cushing, of Pembroke, Mass., from Bathsheba Whitman (1777-1864), who operated a school with S. Clapp at which several of the Cushing children were educated, relating to the school, its students, teachers (some Quakers), curriculum, and other topics; other papers of the family; letters and papers of Charles, John, Thomas, and William Cushing; and papers of the family of Nathaniel Cushing (1768-1827), of Scituate, Mass. Includes letters from Thomas Cushing to John Hancock, papers of William Cushing relating to the estate of Andrew Oliver, and letters relating to transatlantic voyages. Available at the Massachusetts Historical Society.
  • Cushing family papers, 1695-1893. Papers of the Cushing family, including deeds to land in Scituate and Pembroke, Mass. Available at the Massachusetts Historical Society.
  • Jane Briggs Smith Fiske Papers, 1806-1923. Available at the American Antiquarian Society: Finding Aid. 
  • Letter. Jane Briggs Smith to William Fuller Fiske, Sept. 19, 1869. Original from American Antiquarian Society, included in digital exhibit.
  • Thomas-Smith Family, Papers, 1833-1987? This collection includes papers of the descendants Capt. Joshua Smith (1793-1851) of Hanson married, in 1826, Saba Drew (1796-1877). They had four children: Joseph; Jane Briggs; Edward (1837-1862); and Caroline Moore (1839-1852). Caroline Moore Smith (1858-1926) married, on 9 July 1879, Dr. Flavel Shurtleff Thomas. They resided in Hanson on the family homestead of her great-grandfather, Capt. Joseph Smith, and had two children: Percival Shurtleff (1884-1962) and Saba Drew (1893- ). Available at the American Antiquarian Society.
  • Soper family papers, 1842-1896. Papers of Julia E. Soper (later Thomas) of Hanson, Mass. include an autograph album, an undated commonplace-book, and her certificate of marriage to Levi Z. Thomas in 1877. Other family papers include a genealogy of the Bradford family. Available at the Massachusetts Historical Society.
  • Anna Woodworth Letters, 1801. [1] 1801, May 31, [Pembroke, Mass.?], to dear sister.–Has had no letter from home. Needs shoes badly; could not go to meeting for lack of them. [2] n.d., [Scituate, Mass.?], to Samuel Woodworth.–Is anxious to hear how he likes the trade [of printer]. Anna Woodworth, b. 29 Oct. 1781, Scituate, daughter of Benjamin Woodworth and Abigail Bryant of Scituate (m. 1778). They had Nabby, b. 1780, Anna, b. 1781, Benjamin, b. 1782, Samuel, b. 1784. First letter probably written to sister Nabby, second letter written to brother Samuel. Available at the Hay Library, Brown University.

Bible Records

  • Hanson, Mass. family bible records. Private records births deaths and marriages in the town of Hanson 1820-1850. Collected by Eric N. Drew. Available at NEHGS, Mss C 4910.


  • Broadside. To be sold by public vendue, on Wednesday the first of December next … at the house of Capt. Nathaniel Little, innholder in Kingston … (Boston : s.n., 1773). Advertising properties in Kingston and Pembroke, Mass., and a pew in the Kingston meeting house. Dated: Boston, October 26, 1773. Also available at the Massachusetts Historical Society.
  • Broadside. On the death of Sarah Baker of Pembroke [Mass] [electronic resource] : who died, May 8th, 1805. Aged 14 years. : (Addressed to the school of which she was a member.) (Boston? : s.n., 1805).  Available at Early American Imprints.  Sarah Baker was born at Pembroke, 12 Feb. 1791, the daughter of Snow and Anna Baker. She died at Pembroke, 8 May 1805.
  • Broadside. Memorial Day : May 30, 1895 … agreeable to general orders from National and Department Headquarters, Thursday, May 30th will be observed as Memorial Day by this Post (Hanson, Mass. : s.n., 1895). Available at the Massachusetts Historical Society.


  • Letter. Eliza and Elijah Cushing to Theodore Cobb, May 29, 1835. Available at the Poe Letter Archive.

Miscellaneous Manuscripts

  • Legislation. An Act to Establish the Town of Hanson. The State Library of Massachusetts.
  • Catalogue, Hanson Library Association, Hanson, Mass. July, 1901 (Plymouth, Mass.: Memorial Press, 1901).
  • Hanson, Mass. epitaphs. Handwritten extract of genealogical data from tombstone inscriptions. Available at NEHGS, Mss A 8117. 

Public Addresses

  • Gad Hitchcock, An address delivered at Hanson, Mass. before the school dames, their pupils, and a large auditory : at the termination of the summer school terms, September, 1827 / by Gad Hitchcock (Hingham, Mass.: Farmer & Brown, printers, 1828) Available at the Massachusetts Historical Society.
  • Gad Hitchcock, An address delivered at Hanson, Mass. on the Fourth of July, 1829 / by Gad Hitchcock, surgeon in the revolutionary army, and now an octogenarian (Hingham, Mass.: Farmer and Brown, printers, 1829) “The following address on the subject of music, was on occasion of the convening of the choirs of singers belonging to the Congregational, Methodist, and Universal societies in the town of Hanson, for the purpose of spending the afternoon in singing.” Available at the Massachusetts Historical Society.