Descendants of Richard Mann of Scituate, Mass.

Descendants of Richard Mann of Scituate, Mass.


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1. Richard Mann 1 2 3 was born about 1609 in England and died in Feb 1654/55 in Scituate, Plymouth, Ma4 about age 46.

General Notes: REF: Mann Memorial; George S Mann; 1884; pp 56-60.
Richard Man, of Scituate was one of the first bearing the name who, prob w ith wife Rebecca during the reign of King Charles I of England, emigrat ed from that country... no doubt a few years previous to 1644. The first a ppearance of his name on record is found with thirty-one other perso ns in the town of Scituate as having taken the "Oath of Fidelity." This a ct dated 15 Jan 1644. Richard was a farmer, and one of the original land p roprietors. His foresight, no doubt, led him to select one of the most bea utiful locations for a residence on the coast. His neighbor on the south w as John Hoar, who early removed to Concord, Mass. On the east of him was t he sea; north "Musquascut Pond"; still further north, and bordering the "P ond" were the "Farmes" so-called. In an attempt to cross this pond in F eb 1655 on the "iyce", he was drowned. Like most of the earliest settler s, he has no monument to mark his grave. It appears he was a man of some n ote, and much respected in the Colony. Among his descendants may be f ou nd many in the various professions, trades, etc. A great proportion , h owever, have been and are farmers. His widow petitioned the court 5 Mar 16 55, to administer his estate. See inventory of 14 April 1655. He was o ne of the Conihassett partners in Scituate, 1646. His farm was at Mann Hil l. There is no record of his marriage here.Children: born in Scituate: Nat haniel; *Thomas; Richard; Josiah.


[The frequent resurrection of the totally unfounded claim that Richard MOR E, who came on the Mayflower, changed his name to "MANN" and died at Scitu ate, Plymouth, Makes it advisable to refer, in this place, to our artic le in the third volume of this magazine, pages 193-201, where it is conclu sively proved that Richard More survived Richard Mann nearly forty year s. Editor]
"An Inventory of the houses lands and Chattles and goods of Richard Ma nn of Scituate " was taken 14 April 1655,. by James Cudworth and Walter Br iggs, and was sworn to, before Timothy Hatherly, 6 May 1656. The real est ate was: "one Dwelling house & barne with 43 Acars of upland 13 Acars of M arshland and one share of Connahasett land, 2 oxen, 1 heifer, 2 steer s, 3 yearlings, 3 bu. barley, 36 bu. wheat, 1 pair shoes, 1 bu. malt, 1 be d, 2 old blankets, 1 rugg, 1 warming pan, 2 spinning wheels, 1 iron kittl e, 1 iron pot, 1 iron skillet, 2 frying pans, 1 little kittle, 1 skille t, 1 pr. of tongues, 1 cradle, 2 old pitchforks, & pr. cards, a bible & ot her books, 1 plow, 2 ax, 2 hammers & how, 2 pieces bacon, small shot gu n, 4 old chairs, & pr. of ballences, 1 Sabbath shorth coat. (All valu ed at about $75.) .May 6, 1656, Rebecca Man, wife of Richard Man, decease d, doth give her 3 youngest children to each of them 5 pounds % Cap. Cudwo rth standeth bound to the same performed out of the estate of sd. Richa rd Man." (Plymouth Colony Records)
"Capt: James Cudworth hath engaged to save the court from an Damage that m ay come to it by the adminnestration graunted to the wife of Richard Man D eceased."

Vol 3:194

An article about Richard MORE goes on---A few years after this sale one Ri chard MAN became an inhabitant of Scituate, and the Rev. Samuel Deane's Hi story of Scituate, published in 1831, states that he was "a youth in Eld er Brewster's family, and came to Plymouth in the Mayflower, 1620." Wh en Bradford's history was published Deane's error was discovered, and appa rently those interested thought the easiest way to reconcile the latter 's statement with the fact that the name of the boy in the Elder's fami ly was More would be to claim that Richard More, after selling his Duxbu ry house, changed his name to Man and removed to Scituate. At all even ts that claim has been made for many years by the descendants of Richard M an, and I have been Unable to fi nd any better foundation for it.
The Plymouth Colony records show that Richard Man was drowned early in 16 56 and that his widow married John Cowin of Scituate. Twenty-eight yea rs later, in 1684, a deposition was made which proved beyond question th at Richard More of the Mayflower was then living, that he was in Massachus etts Bay Colony, and that he still retained his rightful name. This deposi tion was found by Dr. Christopher Johnston at Annapolis, in the Recor ds of the Provincial Court of Maryland [Liber W. R. C. No.1], and, withoth er data relating to the Conant and Weston families, was printed in 18 96 in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register [Vol 5 0, p 20 3] without any comment to indicate that its most important featur e, the id entification of a Mayflower passenger, had been noticed by eith er transcriber or editor. Taken from the "Register."
The Mann Farmhouse and Historical Museum is a unique historical prop er ty in that its construction spans nearly three centuries. In the cell ar may be seen the original foundation of field stones which dates ba ck to t he late 1600's. The main house that now stands was built during t he latt er 1700's on the original foundation. It is a typical full Cape w ith a la rge central chimney. The ell was added in 1825 and served as a s ummer kit chen, storage area and workshop.
Five generations of the Mann Family lived in this house. They were di re ct descendants of Richard Mann who came to Scituate in 1636. His ho me w as near Musquashicut Pond and it is from him that Mann Hill derived i ts na me.
Percy Mann, the seventh and last direct descendent of Richard Mann, l iv ed in this house until 1968 and died at the age of 93.
The artifacts of the Mann Family on display in the Mann Farmhouse, date fr om the seventeenth century to the present time and were given to the To wn of Scituate under the custody and administration of the Scituate Histor cal Society by two of the Mann Family heirs. They include primitive tool s, military items, china, children's toys, early farming equipment and ma ny valuable documents and books. The Manns worked at many trades: they we re farmers, sea captains, soldiers in every war, minister, teachers, and s ail makers.
The grounds of three and a half acres are also being restored by the Scitu ate Garden Club. The famous crocus bed which stretches under the trees be hind the stonewall is visited every spring by hundreds of people from f ar and wide. [Phamplet of the Scituate Historical Society]

Richard married Rebecca (nee?) Mann. Rebecca died on an unknown date.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 2 M    i. Nathaniel Mann 3 5 was born on 20 Sep 1646 in Scituate, Plymouth, Ma3 and died on 21 Jul 1688 in Scituate, Plymouth, Ma3 6 at age 41.

+ 3 M    ii. Thomas Mann 3 6 was born on 15 Aug 1650 in Scituate, Plymouth, Ma1 3 7 and died on 12 Jul 1732 in Scituate, Plymouth, Ma (age 81)1 at age 81.

+ 4 M    iii. Richard Mann was born on 5 Feb 1651/52 in Scituate, Plymouth, Ma8 and died in 1738 in Hebron, Tolland, Ct9 at age 86.

+ 5 M    iv. Josiah Mann was born before 1655 in Scituate, Plymouth, Ma and died on an unknown date.


1. Mann, George S, Mann Memorial (Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society, [1998).

2. Chief Justice Cushing Chafter, Old Scituate (Earnshaw Press Corp., Boston, Mass. Copyright 1921), 23.

3. Representative Men and Old Families of Southeastern Massachusetts: (Chicago, IL. (1912 )), 42.

4. Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America, National Society of, Founders and Patriots of America Index. (1967), 144.

5. Chief Justice Cushing Chafter, Old Scituate (Earnshaw Press Corp., Boston, Mass. Copyright 1921), 24.

6. Ibid, 25.

7. Briggs, Vernon L, History & Genealogy of the Briggs Family, 1254-1937, 1938 (3 Volumes).

8. Ammerman, Charles Richard, Mann - Peters - Man, 3-24.

9. Ibid.

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