Wampanoag Families of Westport by R. Andrew Pierce

Native Americans of Dartmouth and Westport A Presentation by R. Andrew Pierce Westport Historical Society January 13, 2018 Select Bibliography Akin, Benjamin of Dartmouth, Mass. Account Book. Ms 204, Dubois Library, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass. Boston Evening Post, 26 May 1738, story about Dartmouth squaw killing her infant daughter, she was committed to Bristol […]

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Captain Pardon Cook of Westport

The best-known citizen of Westport is Paul Cuffe, a master mariner with African and Indian roots who rose to prominence as a captain, ship-builder, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and advocate for civil rights and school integration. Less well known is Pardon Cook, also an accomplished master mariner from Westport, who commanded more whaling voyages than any other […]

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“Whoso gives the motive, makes his brother’s sin his own.”

Our collection includes a bound set of The Non-Slaveholder, a 19th century publication with a special approach to the anti-slavery movement. “Whoso gives the motive, makes his brother’s sin his own.” This caption appears under the title of “The Non-Slaveholder”, a mid-19th century publication dedicated to the anti-slavery movement.  The publication focused not only on […]

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Tourism

This research category encompasses a variety of resource types including taverns and guesthouses, recreational facilities, and summer home communities.  Broadly defined, these categories are tied together by their function within the Westport community as places where people traveled to and from, either for short periods of time, as would be the case with taverns and […]

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Religious Organizations

Westport’s earliest religious association is closely tied to the Society of Friends, as is that of neighboring Dartmouth.  Westport’s earliest settlers were included in the Apponagansett Meeting in Old Dartmouth.  As settlement expanded in present-day Westport, the Acoaxet Meeting was established as a separate entity in 1699.  Members met in local homes for several years, […]

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Overview of Mills

Westport contains waterpower sources in virtually every section of town.  As a result, the historic period development of commercial and industrial sites is closely tied to Westport’s mills.  Mills operated throughout the entire historic period, and ranged from simple short-term wheels along seasonal streams to extensive complexes of multiple mill types along major streams and […]

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Maritime Activities

Maritime activities in Westport were necessarily centered around the coastal region, although the deep reaches of the Westport River allowed shipbuilding and other activities to occur well into the central portion of the town.  This research category includes shipbuilding as well as offshore activities such as whaling, fishing, and coastal trade that relied on Westport […]

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Agricultural Activities

The development of early Westport included the creation of Euro-American farms on large tracts of fertile land in the southern section of town.  Following a pattern seen in other coastal New England towns, settlers likely chose lands that had been cleared and cultivated by Native Americans during the Woodland and Contact periods.  The reports of […]

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African American Context

African-American residents of Westport played a vital role in the history of the town.  The keeping of slaves and indentured servants may have been practiced in the early town, though in general the Society of Friends did not support the slave trade.  The prominence of Quaker leaders in Old Dartmouth led to a 1716 debate […]

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