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Ask a Genealogist: Help with a 17th century document from Essex County.

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While researching at the Historical Society of Old Newbury, Massachusetts  I came across the following entry "John Whipple sonn of John Whipple tersha borne 30 of March 1660." My question - What is "tersha borne"?

Answer:

“Tersha” is a corrupted form of the Latin word “tertia” (more properly for a male, tertius), meaning “the third.” Thus, the phrase you cite can be read as: “John Whipple, son of John Whipple the Third, [was] born 30th of March 1660.”
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