Vital Records of Cambridge, Massachusetts to the Year 1850
Volume 1: Births
Volume 2: Marriages and Deaths
Compiled by Thomas W. Baldwin, A.B., S.B.,
Member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society
Boston, Mass. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1915
1. When places other than Cambridge or 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 may be found under different spellings.
4. Marriages are printed under the names of both parties. When a marriage appears
without the intention recorded, it is designated with an asterisk.
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.
6. In taking records from gravestones it is often the case that the family name
of a woman as given on the Stone is not that under which she was born, so therefore
many births will
appear under a married name instead of the original one, which is not shown on the
stone. Women are only mentioned as wives when they are so shown on the stone. In
names are evidently those of wives, though not so specified.
In Massachusetts' records, Vol. I., page 9, under date of July 26, 1631, " Charlton,
Misticke & the newe towne " are mentioned. March 6, 1632, the bounds were established
between Charlestowne and Newtowne. May 2, 1638, Massachusetts' records, Vol. I.,
page 228. " It
is ordered that Newtowne shall henceforward be called Cambridge."
March 13, 1639, the bounds between Cambridge and Watertown were established, and
October 7, 1641, the bounds between Cambridge and Boston.
November 12, 1659, a grant of 1,000 acres of land was made to Cambridge, which was
renewed October 19, 1664.
March 20, 1712, a part of Cambridge was established as the town of Lexington.
June 4, 1755, a part of Cambridge was annexed to Waltham.
April 18, 1761, and March 6, 1802, parts of Charlestown were annexed to Cambridge.
February 24, 1807, a part of Cambridge was established as the town of Brighton.
February 27, 1807, a part of Cambridge was established as the town of West Cambridge.
January 27, 1816, a part of Cambridge was annexed to Brighton.
February 12, 1818, and June 17, 1820, parts of Charlestown were annexed to Cambridge.
March 17, 1846, Cambridge was incorporated as a city. The act of incorporation was
accepted by the town March 30, 1846.
April 27, 1855, a part of Watertown was annexed to Cambridge.
April 30, 1856, bounds were established between Cambridge and Somervilie and a part
of each place was annexed to the other.
February 25, 1862, bounds were established between Cambridge and Belmont and West
Cambridge, and parts of each place were annexed to Cambridge and parts of Cambridge
each of those places.
April 29, 1862, bounds were established between Cambridge and Somerville and parts
of each place were annexed to the other.
April 19, 1880, a part of Belmont was annexed to Cambridge.
March 10, 1885, a part of Watertown was annexed to Cambridge.
April 28, 1891, bounds between Cambridge and Belmont were established and a part
of each place annexed to the other.
March 9, 1898, bounds were established between Cambridge and Watertown and a part
of each place annexed to the other.
March 29, 1898, bounds were established between Cambridge and Boston.
February 16, 1906, bounds between Belmont and Cambridge were readjusted.
May 5, 1911, bounds between Cambridge and Arlington were established, to be accepted
by city council and selectmen.
May22, 1911, they were accepted by the selectmen of Arlington, and on May
31, 1911, by the city council of Cambridge.
Population by Census: —
1765 (Prov.), 1,571; 1865 (State), 29,112;
1776 (Prov.), 1,586; 1870 (U. S.), 39,634;
1790 (U. S.), 2,115; 1875 (State), 47,838;
1800 (U. S.), 2,453; 1880 (U. S.), 52,669;
1810 (U. S.), 2,323; 1885 (State), 59,688;
1820 (U. S.), 3,295; 1890 (U. S.), 70,028;
1830 (U. S.), 6,072; 1895 (State), 81,643;
1840 (U. S.), 8,409; 1900 (U. S.), 91,886;
1850 (U. S.), 14,825; 1905 (State), 97,4345
1855 (State), 20,473; 1910 (U. S.), 104,839.
1860 (U. S.), 26,060;
a. — age; aged
abt. — about
b. — born
bp. — baptized
bur. — buried
ch. — child
C.R.1. — church record, First Congregational, Unitarian
C.R.2. — church record, Christ Church, Episcopal
C.R.3. — church record, First Baptist Society, Cambridgeport
C.R.4. — church record, First Church in Cambridge, or Shepard
C.R.5. — church record, Harvard Street Methodist
C.R.6. — church record, Old Cambridge Baptist Society
C.R.7. — church record, St. Peter's Episcopal Church
C.R.8. — church record, Trinity Methodist Church, East Cam-
C.R.9. — church record, Cambridgeport Parish, now united with
C.R.10. — church record, Third Congregational, Unitarian
C.R. 11. — church record, Evangelical Congregational Church,
East Cambridge, now extinct; records in possession of
Congregational Library, Boston
C.R.12. — church record, Second Baptist Church, East Cam-
bridge, now extinct; records in possession of City of Cam-
d. — daughter; died; day
Dea. — deacon
dec. — deceased
dup. — duplicate entry
G.R.1.—grave record, cemetery at Harvard Square
G.R.I a. — grave record, cemetery at Harvard Square, as com-
piled in 1845 by William T. Harris
G.R.2. — grave record, Cambridge Cemetery, Coolidge Avenue
G.R.3- — grave record, Mount Auburn Cemetery
G.R.3a. — from Mount Auburn Cemetery records
G.R-3b. — copied from Mount Auburn Cemetery records in
1845 and entered on town records
G.R.3c. — from report of superintendent of Mount Auburn
Cemetery to city of Cambridge, as recorded on city records
G.R.4. — grave record, Catholic Cemetery, North Cambridge
gr. d. — granddaughter
gr. s. — grandson
h. — husband; hours
inf. — infant
int. — publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. — junior
m. — month
md. — married
prob. — probably
s. — son
Sr. — senior
T.R. — town record
unm. — unmarried
w. — wife, weeks
wid. — widow
widr. — widower
y. — year
Number of marriages printed, 5,596 X 2,........ 11,092 names
Number of deaths printed, ...................9,820