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Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850




Vital Records of Bedford, Massachusetts to the Year 1850
Published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society at the Charge of the Eddy Town-Record Fund
Boston, Mass., 1903

THIS publication is issued under the authority of a vote passed by the NEW ENGLAND HISTORIC GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, November 6, 1901, as follows:
   Voted: That the sum of $20,000, from the bequest of the late Robert Henry Eddy, be set aside as a special fund to be called the Eddy Town-Record Fund, for the sole purpose of publishing the Vital Records of the towns of Massachusetts, and that the Council beauthorized and instructed to make such arrangements as may be necessary for such publication. And the treasurer is hereby instructed to honor such drafts as shall be authorized by the Council for this purpose.

Committee on Publication.
C. B. Tillinghast
Francis Everett Blake
Charles Knowles Bolton
Don Gleason Hill
Edmund Dana Barbour
Editor, Henry Ernest Woods
Stanhope Press
F. H. Gilson Company
Boston, U.S.A.

THE TOWN OF BEDFORD, Middlesex County, was established September 23, 1729, from parts of Billerica and Concord.
  February 26, 1767, a part of Billerica was annexed to Bedford.

Population by Census: 1765  (Prov.), 457; 1776
(Prov.), 482; 1790 (U.S.), 523; 1800 (U.S.), 538;
1810 (U.S.), 592; 1820 (U.S.), 648; 1830 (U.S),
685;  1840 (U.S.), 929; 1850  (U.S.), 975; 1855
(State), 986; 1860 (U.S.), 843; 1865 (State), 820;
1870 (U.S.), 849; 1875 (State), 900; 1880 (U.S),
931;  1885 (State), 930; 1890 (U.S), 1092; 1895
(State), 1169; 1900 (U. S,), 1208.

  1. WHEN  places other than Bedford and  Massachusetts are named   in the original records, they are given in the printed copy.
   2. In all records the original spelling is followed.
   3. The various spellings of a name should be examined, as items about the same family or individual might be found under different spellings.
   4. Marriages are printed under the names  of both parties, but the full information concerning each party is only given in the entry under his or her name.  Prior to 1850, there are no records of intentions of marriage found in Bedford.
   5. Additional information which  does not  appear  in the original text of an item, i.e., any explanation, query, inference, or difference shown in other entries of the record, is bracketed.
Parentheses are used only when they occur in the original text, or to separate clauses found there - such as the birth-place of parents, in late marriage records.
   6. The records are printed from a copy made, and legally attested, by the Town Clerk of Bedford.
a. - age
abt. - about
b. - born
ch. - child
chn. - children
Co. - county
C.R. - church record (First Parish)
d. - daughter; died; day
Dea. -   deacon
dup. - duplicate entry
G.R. - gravestone record
h. - husband
hrs. - hours.
inf. - infant
Jr. - junior
m. -   married; month
min. - minutes.
M.R. - Middlesex County record (East Cambridge)
prob. - probably
rec. - recorded
s. - son
Sr. - senior
w.   wife; week
wid. - widow
widr. - widower
y. - year
1st. - first
2d. - second
3d. - third
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