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Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850


Published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society
at the Robert Henry Eddy Memorial Rooms
at the Charge of the Eddy Town-Record Fund
Boston, Mass.
1916

 


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 be authorized 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 Publications
James Parker Parmenter
Edmund Dana Barbour
Hosea Starr Ballou
G. Andrews Moriarty, Jr.
John Wallace Suter
Alfred Johnson
Henry Edwards Scott, Editor

 

Stanhope Press
F. H. Gilson Company
       

 

The town of Bridgewater, Plymouth County, was established as a township June 3,
1656, from a part of Duxbury called the New Plantation.
 June 3, 1662, certain lands were granted to Bridgewater.
 February 11, 1690-1, lands between Bridgewater andWeymouth, called Foord's Farms, and lands adjoining were annexed.
 June 10, 1712, a part was included in the new town of Abington.
 November 20, 1770, and February 8, 1798, parts of Stoughton were annexed.
 June 15,1821, a part was established as North Bridgewater (now Brockton).
 February 16, 1822, a part was established as West Bridgewater.
 June 14, 1823, a part was established as East Bridgewater. 
 February 20, 1824, a part was annexed to Halifax.
 February 23, 1838, bounds between Bridgewater and East Bridgewater were established.
 March 20, 1846, bounds between Bridgewater and East Bridgewater were established and a part of each town was annexed to the other town.

 

Population by Census:1765(Prov.),3942;
  1776 (Prov.), 4364; 1790 (U.S.), 4975;
  1800 (U.S.),  5200; 1810 (U.S.), 5157;
  1820 (U.S.),  1700;* 1830(U.S.), 1855;
  1840 (U.S.),  2131; 1850 (U.S.), 2790;
  1855 (State), 3363; 1860 (U.S.), 3761;
  1865 (State), 4196; 1870 (U.S.), 3660;
  1875 (State), 3969; 1880 (U.S.), 3620;
  1885 (State), 3827; 1890 (U.S.), 4249;
  1895 (State), 4686; 1900 (U.S.), 5806;
  1905 (State), 6754; 1910 (U.S.), 7688;
  1915 (State), 9381.
 * Not including the population of North Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, and East
Bridgewater, established later as separate towns.

 


EXPLANATIONS
  1. The fact that a birth, marriage, or death is recorded in Bridgewater does not prove that it occurred in this town; but when places other than Bridgewater and Massachusetts are named in the original records, they are given in the printed copy.
  2. In all items from town records the original spelling is followed, and no attempt is made to correct errors appearing in the records.
  3. The various spellings of a name should be examined, as items about the same family or individual may be found under different spellings.
  4. A baptism is not printed, if it occurs within one year after the recorded date of birth of a child of the same name and parents or if it is clear that the child baptized is identical with the child of the birth record ; but variations found in the baptismal record are added to the birth record.
  5. The birth of a married woman is recorded under her maiden name, if it is known. But if the maiden name cannot be determined, the entry appears under the husband's name, with a. dash enclosed in brackets, i.e., [----], to signify that the maiden name is unknown. If it is not known whether the surname is that of a married or unmarried woman, ? m. is placed in brackets after the Christian name.
  6. Marriages and intentions of marriage are printed under the names of both parties. When  both the marriage and intention of marriage are recorded, only the marriage record is
printed; and where a marriage appears without the intention being recorded, it is designated with an asterisk.
 7. 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 to show variations in the spelling of a name in the same entry, to indicate the maiden name of a wife, to enclose an imperfect portion of the original text, and to sep-
arate clauses in the original text.
 8. In addition to this book the vital records of Brockton, West Bridgewater, and East Bridgewater should be examined.

ABBREVIATIONS
a. - age
abt. - about
b. - born
bp. - baptized
bur. - buried
ch. - child
chn. - children
C.R.1. - church record, Unitarian Church
C.R.2. - church record, Trinity Church
C.R.3.- church record, Central Square Congregational Church
C.R.4. - church record, Scotland Trinitarian Congregational Church
C.R.5. - church record, Church of the New Jerusalem
Co. - county
d. - daughter; day; died
Dea. - deacon
dec'd- deceased
dup. - duplicate entry
Eld. - Elder
enl. - enlisted
Ens. - Ensign
G.R.1. - gravestone record, Mount Prospect Cemetery
G.R.2. - gravestone record, Pratt-town Cemetery
G.R.3- - gravestone record, Cherry Street or Harlow Cemetery
G.R.4. - gravestone record, Conant Street Cemetery
G.R.5. - gravestone record, Hillside Cemetery
G.R.6. - gravestone record, Scotland Graveyard
G.R.7. - gravestone record, Old Graveyard
G.R.8. - gravestone record, Alden or Vernon Street Graveyard (Titicut)
G.R.9. - gravestone record, Keith or South Street Graveyard (Titicut)
G.R.10. - gravestone record, Trinity Church Graveyard
G.R.11. - gravestone record, Japan Graveyard
G.R.12. - gravestone record, Great Woods Graveyard
G.R.13. - gravestone record, Small Pox Graveyards
h. - husband
hrs. - hours
inf. - infant
int. - publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. - junior
Lt. - Lieutenant
m. - married; month
min. - minutes
P.C.R. - Plymouth County Records
P.R.1. - private record, from a record kept by the Rev. Richard M. Hodges, now in the possession of the South Parish Church
P.R.2. - private record, from a record of burials in the Scotland Graveyard
P.R.3. - private record, from a record of burials in the South Precinct Burying Place, kept by Lt. John Washburn, 1739-1797
P.R.4. - private record, from a record of deaths kept from 1766 to 1820 by Oliver Alden, and from 1820 to 1846 by his son, Caleb Alden, and grandson, Cromwell Alden, or members of the family, now in the possession of the Bridgewater Public Library
P.R.5. - private record, from an Ames family Bible, now in the possession of Fisher Ames of Bridgewater
P.R.6. - private record, from a Keith family Bible, now in the possession of Henry A. Keith of Bridgewater
P.R.7. - private record, from the Salmon Keith family Bible, now in the possession of Henry A. Keith of Bridgewater
P.R.8. - private record, from a Wilbor family Bible, now in the possession of Henry A. Keith of Bridgewater
P.R.9. - private record, copied from the Israel Richmond family Bible and now in the possession of the New England Historic Genealogical Society
P.R.10. - private record, copied from the Job H. Johnson family Bible and now in the possession of the New England Historic Genealogical Society
P.R.11. - private record, from the Calvin B. Pratt family Bible, now in the possession of Dr. Calvin Pratt of Bridgewater
P.R.12. - private record, from the Jonathan Washburn family Bible, now in the possession of Dr. Calvin Pratt of Bridgewater
P.R. 13. - private record, from the Jacob Perkins family Bible, now in the possession of Dr. Calvin Pratt of Bridgewater
P.R. 14. - private record, from a Packard family Bible, now in the possession of Harrison D. Packard of Bridgewater
P.R. 15. - private record, from a Packard family Bible, now in the possession of Harrison D. Packard of Bridgewater
P.R. 16.-private record, from a Mitchell family Bible, now in the possession of Leonard Mitchell of Bridgewater
P.R.17. - private record, from a Wilbar family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Fred T. Holmes of Bridgewater
P.R.18. - private record, from a Holmes family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Fred T. Holmes of Bridgewater
P.R. 19.-private record, from a Hay ward family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Joseph H. Smith of Bridgewater
P.R.20. - private record, from the Walker Gassettfamily Bible, now in the possession of Fred N. Gassett of Bridgewater
P.R.21.-private record, from a Mitchell family Bible, now in the possession of Leonard Mitchell of Bridgewater
P.R.22. - private record, from the Bible of Mrs. Horatio B. King, now in the possession of Mrs. Edward M. Alden of Bridgewater
P.R.23. - private record, from the Aretas Fobes family Bible, now in the possession of Paul O. Clark of Bridgewater
P.R.24. - private record, from the Joshua Bates family Bible, now in the possession of Miss Catharine Keith of Bridgewater
P.R.25. - private record, from the family Bible of Andrew Tucker of Middleborough, now in the possession of Miss Catharine Keith of Bridgewater
P.R.26. - private record, from a family record of Nathaniel Tucker of Middleborough, now in the possession of Miss Catharine Keith of Bridgewater
P.R.27. - private record, from the Snell-Carver family Bible, now in the possession of Francis Carver of Bridgewater
P.R.28.-private record, from a Keith family Bible, now in the possession of Samuel Davis Keith of Bridgewater
P.R.29. - private record, from a Wood family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Martin Wood of Bridgewater
P.R.30. - private record, from a Benson family Bible, now in the possession of Zeno Benson of Bridgewater
P.R.31. - private record, from the Ephraim Edson family Bible, now in the possession of Zeno Benson of Bridgewater
P.R.32.- private record, from a Leonard family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Samuel L. Leonard of Bridgewater
P.R.33.- private record, from a Bryant family Bible, now in the possession of Charles L. Bryant of Bridgewater
P.R.34. - private record,from the Eleazer Carver family Bible, now in the possession of Calvin B. Carver of Bridgewater
P.R.35. - private record, copied from a memorial of Ephraim Keith's family and now in the possession of the New England Historic Genealogical Society
P.R.36. - private record, from a manuscript of Dr. Nahum Washburn, now in the possession of Miss Clara S. Washburn of Bridgewater
P.R.37--private record, from a Fobes family Bible, now in the possession of Albert W. Fobes of Bridgewater
P.R.38. - private record, from a Keith family Bible, now in the possession of Wales Hayward of Bridgewater
P.R.39- - private record, from the Daniel L. Hayward family Bible, now in the possession of Wales Hayward of Bridgewater
P.R.40. - private record, from the Daniel Leach family Bible, now in the possession of Wales Hayward of Bridgewater
P.R.41.-private record, from the Washington L. Ames family Bible, now in the possession of Miles S. Ames of Bridgewater
P.R.42. - private record, from a Leach family Bible, now in the possession of Henry Clarence Leach of Bridgewater
P.R.43. - private record, from the Alpheus Leach family Bible, now in the possession of Henry Clarence Leach of Bridgewater
P.R.44. - private record, from a Holmes family Bible, now in the possession of William Holmes of Boston
P.R.45.- private record, from the Laban Fobes family Bible, now in the possession of Fremont J. Turner of Bridgewater
P.R.46. - private record, from the family Bible of Cornelius Holmes, 3d, now in the possession of Fremont J. Turner of Bridgewater
P.R.47.- private record, from a Keith family Bible, now in the possession of Oliver Otis Keith of Bridgewater
P.R.48. - private record, from the Simeon M. Bump family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Alexander K. Ripley of Bridgewater
P.R.49. - private record,from the Solomon Keith family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Julia A. Keith of Bridgewater
P.R.50. - private record, from the Levi Leach family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Solomon Keith of Bridgewater
P.R.51. - private record, from a Keith family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Solomon Keith of Bridgewater
P.R.52. - private record, from the Sumner Keith family Bible, now in the possession of Chester P. Keith of Bridgewater
P.R.53. - private record, from the John A. Keith family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Frederick T. Le Baron of Bridgewater
P.R.54. - private record, from the Joseph Hooper family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. George M. Hooper of Bridgewater
P.R.55.- private record, from the Paul Revere family Bible, now in the possession of Miss Lizzie Revere of Bridgewater
P.R.56. - private record, from a Wilbar family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Theodore C. Wilbar of Bridgewater
P.R.57.- private record, from a Burt family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Matthias T. Burt of Bridgewater
 P.R.58. - private record, from an Alden family Bible, now in the possession of Joseph Thomas Alden of Bridgewater
P.R.59.-private record, from the family Bible of Caleb Hobart, now in the possession of his son, Artemas Hale Hobart of Bridgewater
P.R.60. - private record, from the family Bible of Thomas Ellis, now in the possession of his grandson, Artemas Hale Hobart of Bridgewater
P.R.61. - private record, from the Charles Jones family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Isaac R. Alden of Bridgewater
P.R.62. - private record, from the family Bible of Caleb Keith, now in the possession of his granddaughter, Mrs. Isaac R. Alden of Bridgewater
P.R.63. - private record, from the James S. Alden family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Isaac R. Alden of Bridgewater
P.R.64. - private record, from a Perkins family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Henry Perkins of Bridgewater
P.R.65.- private record, from a Hall family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs.. Asa E. Copeland of Bridgewater
P.R.66.-private record, from the Isaac Alden family Bible, now in the possession of ElijahF. Andrews of Bridgewater
P.R.67. - private record, from the Benjamin B. Hayward family Bible, now in the possession of Benjamin F. Hayward of Bridgewater
P.R.68.-private record, from a Pierce family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Hannah Wade of Bridgewater
P.R.69. - private record, from a Dunbar family record, now in the possession of Miss Mary Anne Mitchell Dunbar of Bridgewater
P.R.70.- private record, from a Mitchell family Bible, now in the possession of Miss Mary Anne Mitchell Dunbar of Bridgewater
P.R.71. - private record, from the Simon W. Mitchell family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. C. E. Caswell of Bridgewater
P.R.72.-private record, from a Seaver family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Mary Alien Hewett of Bridgewater
P.R.73.- private record, from the Bela Mitchell family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Mary Alien Hewett of Bridgewater
P.R.74. - private record, from a Mitchell-Cary family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Mary Alien Hewett of Bridgewater
P.R.75. - private record,from the George Bassett family Bible, now  in the possession of Mrs. Mary F. Conant of Bridgewater
P.R.76. - private record, from the Seth Pratt family Bible, now in the possession of Frederick Crane Pratt of Bridgewater
P.R.77. - private record, from the Samuel H. Worcester family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Elizabeth A. Worcester of Bridgewater
P.R.78. - private record, from a Townsend family Bible, now in the possession of John P. Townsend of Bridgewater
P.R.79. - private record, from a Bela Fobes family record, now in the possession of Mrs. Ella Maria Eaton of Bridgewater
P.R.80. - private record, from a Bassett family Bible, now in the possession of Nathan A. Bassett of Bridgewater
P.R.81. - private record, from the Spencer Leonard family Bible, now in the possession of Miss Cora C. Leonard of Bridgewater
P.R.82. - private record, from the Richard Whitmore Wilber family Bible, now in the possession of Richard Whitmore Wilber of Bridgewater
P.R.83. - private record, from the William Hooper family Bible, now in the possession of William R. Hooper of Bridgewater
P.R.84. - private record, from the Cyrus Hooper family Bible, now in the possession of William R. Hooper of Bridgewater
P.R.85. - private record, from a Thomas family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. James F. Witherell of Bridgewater
P.R.86. - private record, from the John Crooker family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. James F. Witherell of Bridgewater
P.R.87. - private record, from the Bible of Jemima Leonard, now in the possession of Mrs. Anna W. Bates of Bridgewater
P.R.88. - private record, from the Bible of Seth Washburn, now in the possession of Mrs. Anna W. Bates of Bridgewater
P.R.89. - private record, from a Pratt family Bible, now in the possession of E. Austin Pratt of Bridgewater
P.R.90. - private record, from a Wentworth family Bible, now in the possession of Miss Annie C. E. Wentworth of Bridgewater
P.R.91. - private record, from the Samuel Ward Bates family Bible, now in the possession of Samuel Ward Washburn of Bridgewater
P.R.92. - private record, from the Edward Mitchell family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Sumner Keith of Bridgewater
P.R.93. - private record, from the Caleb Christian family Bible, now in the possession of Miss Lucia L. Christian of Bridgewater
P.R.94. - private record, from the Bible of Mrs. Experience Pratt, now in the possession of Mrs. F. E. Smith of West Somerville
P.R.95. - private record, from the Nahum Stetson family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Mary L. Stetson of Bridgewater
P.R.96. - private record, from a Hunt-Washburn family Bible, now in the possession of Arthur C. Dyke of Bridgewater
P.R.97. - private record, from the Bible of Elijah Alden, now in the possession of Ebenezer Alden of Campello
P.R.98. - private record, from the Bible of Lewis G. Lowe, now in the possession of Dr. Everett Jones of Brookline
P.R.99. - private record, from the Bible of Seth Wilber, now in the possession of Henry A. Keith of Bridgewater
P.R.100. - private record, from a family Bible of Francis Copeland, now in the possession of Mrs. Albert Fobes of Bridgewater
P.R.101. - private record, from the Thomas Sherman family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. George W. Chamberlain of Maiden
P.R.102. - private record, from a notebook of Timothy Fobes of Bridgewater, now in the possession of Henry D. Forbes of Boston and printed in Pilgrim Notes and
 Queries, volume 2, number 10
P.R.103. - private record, from "Marriages in the Town of Bridgewater previous to its Division," printed in New England Historical and Genealogical Register, volume 21
P.R.104. - private record, from a copy of the town records of Bridgewater, printed in 1889 under the title, "Records of John Gary, The first town clerk of Bridgewater, Mass., from 1656 to 1681."
P.R.105. - private record, from a diary of Nathan Mitchell, son of Hon. Nathan Mitchell and Anne Gary, kept between 1786 and 1833, now in the possession of the New England Historic Genealogical Society
P.R.106. - private record, copied from a record of deaths kept by Rev. Isaac Backus and his grandson, Joseph A.Backus, and now in the possession of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. The record by Joseph A. Backus is of deaths in Titicut, a parish which included parts of Bridgewater and Middleborough
P.R.107. - private record, from a framed record in the possession of the New England Historic Genealogical Society
q.v. - which see; whom see
R.R. - Rebellion Record
rec. - recorded
s. - son
Sr. - senior
T.C. - town copy
w. - week; wife
wid. - widow
widr. - widower
y. - year

 

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