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Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts to the Year 1850
Published by the Topsfield Historical Society
Topsfield, Mass. 1913.
Newcomb and Gauss Printers
Salem, Massachusetts

EXPLANATIONS
 The following records of births, marriages and deaths include all entries to be found in the books of record kept by the town clerks; in the church records; in the returns made to the Salem Quarterly Court; in the cemetery inscriptions; and in private records found in family Bibles, etc. These records are printed in a condensed form in which every essential particular has been preserved. All duplication of the town clerks' record has been eliminated, but differences in entry and other explanatory matter appear in brackets. Parentheses are used when they occur in the original record; also to indicate the maiden name of a married woman.
 When places other than Amesbury and Massachusetts are named in the original records, they are given in the printed copy. Marriages and intentions of marriage are printed under the names of both parties. Double-dating is used in the months of January, February and March, prior to 1752, whenever it appears in the original, and also, whenever from the sequence of entry in the original the date may be easily determined. In all records the original spelling of names is followed and in the alphabetical arrangement the various forms should be examined, as items about the same family may be found under different spellings.
 As Amesbury and Salisbury have been so closely connected,both socially and geographically, it will be desirable to examine the records of both towns when making researches.
 The town records covering the period from 1666 to 1686 are now missing.

AMESBURY
 The territory comprising the present town of Amesbury was originally a part of Salisbury. On May 23, 1666, " Salisbury-new-town " was granted the privileges of a town, and May 27, 1668 the name was changed to Amesbury. In the Massachusetts Bay Colony records the name is entered as " Emesbury."
 May 12, 1675, just and full bounds were allowed to Amesbury.
 On Mar. 15, 1844, part of Salisbury, called "Little Salisbury," was annexed.
 Apr. 11, 1876, part of the town was established as Merrimac.
 July 1, 1886, part of Salisbury was annexed.

The population of Amesbury at different periods was as
follows:
1765. 1,567.   1810, 1,890.   1850, 3,143.
1775, 1,795.   1820, 1,956.   1890, 9,798.
1790, 1,801.   1830, 2,445.   1900, 9,473.
1800, 1,757.   1840, 2,471.   1910, 9,894.

ABBREVIATIONS
a.—age.
abt.—about.
b.—born.
bef.—before.
bet.—between.
bp.—baptized.
bur.—buried.
C. R. 1.—Copy of First Church records in Hoyt's " Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury."
C. R. 2.—Second Congregational Church records, West Parish, now Merrimac.
C. R. 3.—Records of the Amesbury and Hampton Monthly Meeting, Society of Friends.
C. R. 4.—St. James (Episcopal) Church Records.
C. R. 5.—Congregational Church records.
ch.—child.
chn.—children.
Co.—county.
CT. F.—court files, Essex Co. Quarterly Court.
CT. R.—court record, Essex Co. Quarterly Court.
d.—daughter; day; died.
Dea.—deacon.
Dist.—district.
dup.—duplicate entry.
G. R. 1.—gravestone record, Union Cemetery.
G. R. 2.—gravestone record, Lower Corner Cemetery, now in Merrimac.
G. R. 3.—gravestone record, Centre Cemetery, now in Merrimac.
G. R. 4.—gravestone record, Colby private burying ground at Meadowbrook, near Newton town line.
G. R. 5.—gravestone record, Tuxbury private burying ground near Lake Attitash.
G. R. 6.—gravestone record, private burying ground near Haverhill line.
h.—husband; hour.
inf.—infant.
int.—intention of marriage.
jr.—junior.
m.—male; married; month.
N. CT. R.—Old Norfolk County Court records.
P. R.1. —Copy of Rev. Paine Wingate's record of baptisms of Second Congregational Church, now in Merrimac, now in possession of Prof. Charles F. Richardson of Dartmouth
 College.
P. R. 2.—Bible record now in possession of Ralph O. Bayley.
P. R. 3.—Bible record now in possession of William Bagley of Newport, R. 1.
P. R. 4.—Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Rebecca Currier.
P. R. 5.—Bible record now in possession of Miss Hannah Clough.
P. R. 6.—Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Fanny B. Clement.
P. B. 7.—Bible record now in possession of Mrs. William Currier.
P. R. 8.—Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Fanny E. Clement.
P. R. 9.—Bible record now in possession of F. J. Currier.
P. R. 10.—Bible record now in possession of Edward A. Brown.
P. R. 11. —Bible record now in possession of William D. Bagley.
P. R. 12.—Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Charles L. Long.
P. R. 13.—Bible record now in possession of John Alien.
P. R. 14.—Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Jefferson Currier.
P. R. 15.—Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Foster Gale.
P. R. 16.—Bible records now in possession of Mrs.Ellen M.Osborae.
P. R. 17.—Bible record now in possession of William B. Gale.
P. R. 18.—Sampler record now in possession of Miss Ruth S. Gale.
P. R. 19.—Bible record now in possession of George F. Kendrick of Merrimac.
P. R. 20.—Bible record now in possession of William O. Smiley of Merrimac.
P. R. 21.—Bible record now in possession of Frank E. Bartlett of Merrimac.
P. R. 22.—Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Catherine Nichols of Merrimac.
P. R. 23.—Bible record now in possession of Mrs. M. F. Hudson of Merrimac.
P. R. 24.—Family record now in possession of Mrs. M. F. Hudson of Merrimac.
P. R. 25.—Bible records now in possession of Homer Sargent of Merrimac.
P. R. 26.—Bible record now in possession of William D. True.
P. R. 27.—Bible record now in possession of John E. Long.
P. R. 28.—Bible record now in possession of E. A. Brown.
P. R. 29.—Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Harriet Hardy.
P. R. 30.—Bible record now in possession of Thomas W. Quimby of Haverhill.
P. R. 31.—Bible record now in possession of J. Elmer Brierly.
P. R. 32.—Bible record now in possession of Mrs. McLeod of Merrimac.
P. R. 33.—Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Mary F. Morrill of Merrimac.
P. R. 34.—Bible record now in possession of Philip Neal of Merrimacport.
P. R. 35.—Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Rebecca Currier of Merrimacport.
P. R. 36.—Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Chester Janvrin.
P. R. 37.—Bible record now in possession of Enos B. Patten.
P. R. 38.—Bible record now in possession of Joseph W. Creesey.
P. R. 39.—Bible record now in possession of George W. Rowell.
P. R. 40.—Bible records now in possession of Mrs. Everett Sargent.
P. R. 41.—Bible records now in possession of Mrs. A. W. Folger.
P. R. 42.—Bible record now in possession of Benjamin F. Sargent.
P. R. 43.—Bible record now in possession of Mrs. M. F. Hudson of Merrimac.
P. R. 44.—Bible record now in possession of George B. Patten of Merrimac.
P. R. 45.—Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Rebecca Cur rier of Merrimacport.
P. R. 46.—Bible records now in possession of Bailey Sargent of Merrimac.
P. R. 47.—Bible record now in possession of Bailey Sargent of Merrimac.
P. R. 48.—Bible record now in possession of Miss E. J. Bancroft of Merrimacport.
P. R. 49.—Bible record now in possession of Augustus N. Parry.
P. R. 50.—Bible record now in possession of Jason L. Todd.
P. R. 51.—Bible record now in possession of Mrs. John Lamprey.
P. R. 52.—Sampler record now in possession of Mrs. Mark Thurlow.
P. R. 53.—Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Alfred Bailey.
P. R. 54.—Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Bliss Boultenhouse.
P. R. 55.—Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Gilman Hoyt of Merrimac.
P. R. 56.—Record now in possession of Fred W. Merrill.
P. R. 57.—Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Mark Thurlow.
P. R. 58.—Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Lizzie Jordan of Merrimac.
P. R. 59.—Bible records now in possession of Charles E. Rowell of Merrimacport.
P. R. 60.—Bible record now in possession of Miss Judith Williams.
P. R. 61.—Bible record now in possession of Rufus B. Tuxbury.
P. R. 62.—Bible record now in possession of Alfred Morrill.
P. R. 63.—Bible record now in possession of Homer Sargent of Merrimac.
P. R. 64.—Bible record now in possession of Mrs. E. O. Sargent.
P. R. 65.—Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Clement of Pond Hills.
P. R. 66.—Bible record now in possession of Mrs. E. O. Sargent.
P. R. 67.—Bible record now in possession of Alfred Morrill.
P. R. 68.—Bible record now in possession of Homer Sargent of Merrimac.
P. R. 69.—Bible record now in possession of Howard M. Williams.
P. R. 70.—Bible record now in possession of Mrs. William Colby.
P. R. 71.—Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Augustus N. Parry.
P. R. 72.—Bible record now in possession of Willard B. Kelly of Merrimac.
P. R. 73.—Bible record now in possession of Alfred Wells of Merrimac.
P. R. 74.—Abstracts of marriages recorded in the " Dalton Book", formerly at Exeter, N. H., and now in possession of the Secretary of State, Concord, N. H.
P. R. 75.—Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Bailey Colby.
P. R. 76.—Bible record now in possession of John F. Merrill.
P. R. 77.—Bible record now in possession of Miss S. Ellen Tuxbury.
P. R. 78.—Lithograph mourning record now in possession of Miss Ruth S. Gale.
P. R. 79.—Bible records now in possession of Homer Sargent of Merrimac.
P. R. 80.—Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Sally Currier
rec.—recorded.
rem.—removed.
ret.—return.
s.—son.
sr.—senior.
T. C.—town copy.
unm.—unmarried.
w.—wife; week.
wid.—widow.
widr.—widower.
y.—year.
7br.—September
8br—October.
9br.—November
10br.—December

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