Vital Records of Boxford, Massachusetts to the Year 1850
Published by the Topsfield Historical Society.
Topsfield, Mass., 1905.
Newcomb & Gauss
The territory now included within the limits of Boxford was originally
a part of Rowley and was known as " Rowley Village " before its incorporation as
a town. The General Court at a session held August 12, 1685 received the following
"The inhabitants of Rowley Village desiring to be a tounship, wee, whose
names are vnderwritten, being a comittee chosen by ye Toune of Rowley, haue consented
that they should be a touneship, prouided the honord Court see cause to grant their
request. Wee, desiring also that the honnored Gennerall Court would be pleased to
confirme the lyne wee haue agreed vpon betwixt the toune of Rowley & the village
; and so your humble servants remajne," etc., etc. and on the same day, "The
Court, on the certifficat of the comittee and the bounds, agree for the Ijne
betweene Rowley and the village vnder their hands, judge meet to grant the peticoners
request, provided the bounds thereof intrench not on other tounes or former grants."
The town is supposed to have been named for Boxford, County of Berkshire,
England, the birthplace of Rev. Samuel Phillips, the minister at Rowley.
June 20, 1728, part of the town was included within the limits of the new
town of Middleton.
June 10, 1808, part of Rowley was annexed.
March 7, 1846, part of Ipswich was annexed.
March 21, 1856, part of the town was annexed to Groveland.
April 15, 1897, part of the town was annexed to Georg town.
The population of Boxford at different periods was as follows :
1800, 852. 1840, 942.
1810, 880. 1850, 982.
1820, 906. 1900, 704.
B. C.-copy and compilation of town records made in 1823 by John
Bacon, town clerk.
C. R. 1.-church record, First Congregational church, East Boxford.
C. R, 2.-church record, Second Congregational church, West Boxford.
CT. R.-court record, Essex Co. Quarterly Court.
d.- daughter; day; died.
D. C.-copy of town records made in 1872 by Thomas P. Dorman, town clerk.
G. R. 1.- gravestone record, ancient cemetery, West Boxford.
G. R. 2.-gravestone record, Killam-Curtis cemetery, near Ipswich river.
G. R. 3.-gravestone record, Harmony cemetery, East Boxford.
G. R. 4.-gravestone record, First Church cemetery.
G. R. 5.-gravestone record, ancient cemetery near the French house, East Boxford.
G. R. 6.-gravestone record, grave on the Harden farm, East Boxford.
int.-intention of marriage.
m.-male ; married; month.
P. R. 1.-Bible record now in possession of John L. Killam of North Andover.
P. R. 2.-Bible record now in possession of Miss Mary L. Eliot of Roxbury.
P. R. 3.-Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Caleb M. Cole of South Groveland.
P. R. 4.-Bible record now in possession of Joshua T. Day of Haverhill.
P. R. 5.-Bible record now in possession of Stephen A. Bixby.
P.R. 6.-Bible record now in possession of Miss Mary A. B.
P. R. 7.-Bible record now in possession of Mrs. George W.
P. R. 8.-Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Abby R. Gage.
P. R. 9.-Bible record now in possession of Erwin T. Phillips of Topsfield.
P. R. 10.-Bible record now in possession of John G. Chandler.
P. R. 11.-Bible record now in possessson of Mrs. George M. Spofford
P. R. 12.-Bible record now in possession of Mrs. George M. Spofford
P. R. 13.-Bible record now in possession of John T. Wood.
P. R. 14.-Bible record now in possession of Henry Perley
P. R. 15.-Bible record now in possession of Henry Perley.
P. R. 16.-Family record now in possession of Horace Berry.
P. R. 17.-Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Sarah L, Gentis of Haverhill.
P. R. 18.-Bible record now in possession of John Robinson of Salem.
P. R. 19.-Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Dean Andrews.
P. R. 20.-Bible record now in possession of Samuel K. Sawyer of Danvers.
P. R. 21.-Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Benjamin S. Barnes.
P. R. 22.-Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Benjamin S. Barnes.
P. R. 23.-Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Albert Kimball of Bradford.
P. R. 24.-Bible record now in possession of Miss Alice P. Butler of Danvers.
P. R. 25.-Bible record now in possession of Mrs. L. H. Cheney.
P. R. 26.-Bible record now in possession of John S. Dorman.
P. R. 27.-Bible record now in possession of Miss Mary A. Herrick of Danvers.
P. R. 28.-Journal of Edwin S. Adams of West Boxford, now in possession
of Sidney Perley of Salem.
P. R. 29.-Private record of deaths now in possession of Miss Mary Ellen
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
arid other explanatory matter appear in brackets. Parentheses are used when they
occur in the original record; also, to show the difference in the spelling of a
name in the same entry, and to indicate the maiden name of a married woman.
When places other than Boxford 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.