Our Pilgrim Forefathers: John Smalley 

9th Great Grandfather of Thomas Lloyd Van Doren
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Plymouth Colony: Its History and People 1620-1691
Part One: Chronological Histories
Chapter 4: A Loss of Leaders (1643-1657)

xxx Perhaps a more serious attempt to move Plymouth came about in 1644, when
because of the "straightnes and barrennes of [Plymouth] and their finding of better
accomodations elsewhere, more suitable to their ends and minds; and sundrie others
still upon every occasion desiring their dismissions, the church begane seriously to
thinke whether it were not better joyntly to remove to some other place." After many
meetings, the Plymouth people gave their attention to moving to Nauset on Cape Cod,
one of the three areas reserved to the Purchasers, who were in agreement for the
move. There then occurred a change of heart, for "now they begane to see their
errour, that they had given away already the best and most commodious places to
others, and now wanted them selves." Nauset was too small and too remote, so
Plymouth remained as it was. Still, this was the occasion for the establishment of yet
another new town, and an undated list probably made in the 1640s shows that the
freemen there were Thomas Prence, John Doane, Edward Bangs, Nicholas Snow,
John Jenkins, Josiah Cooke, Samuel Hicks, John Smalley, Joseph Rogers, and
Richard Higginson. On 3 March 1644/45 the General Court granted to the Plymouth
Church "or those that goe to dwell at Nosett," all the land between sea and sea "from
the Purchasors bounds at Naumskeckett to the Hering Brooke at Billingsgate." The
court on 2 June 1646 ordered that "Nawsett" [p.77] be made a township, and Samuel
Hicks was appointed as constable. On 7 June 1651 the court ordered the name of the
town of Nauset to be changed to Eastham.8


PCR 2:49-50, 83; Loenard Bliss, Jr., The History of Rehoboth, Bristol Co.,
Massachusetts…(Boston, 1836), 22.