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Vital Records of Chelsea, Massachusetts to the Year 1850

Compiled by Thomas W. Baldwin, A.B., S.B., member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Boston, Mass., 1916.

Number  of births printed .................10,798
Number  of marriages printed..... 1,082X2 = 2,164 names
Number  of deaths printed ..................2,758 
                Total  ................................15,720

Boston: Wright & Potter Printing Company, 32 Derne Street.
Established January 10, 1739, o. s., from part of Boston called "Winissimet, Rumney Marsh and Pullin Point, or otherwise called Number Thirteen (excepting Noddle's Island and Hog  Island)." 
Part annexed to Saugus February 22, 1841.
Part established as North Chelsea (now Revere) March 19, 1846.
Chelsea incorporated as a city March 13, 1857.
March 23,1857, act of incorporation accepted by the town.
Part of North Chelsea established as Winthrop March  27, 1852.
March  24, 1871, name of North Chelsea changed to Revere, if accepted within ninety days.
Act accepted April 3, 1871.


Population by Census:
1765 (Prov.), 462; 1865 (State), 14,403;
1776 (Prov.), 489; 1870 (U.S.), 18.547;
1790 (U.S.), 472; 1875 (State), 20,737;
1800 (U.S.), 849: 1880 (U.S.), 21,782;
1810 (U.S.), 594; 1885 (State), 25,709;
1820 (U.S.), 642; 1890 (U.S.), 27,909;
1830 (U.S.), 771; 1895 (State), 31,264;
1840 (U.S.),   2,390; 1900 (U.S.), 34,072;
1850 (U.S.),   6,701; 1905 (State), 37.289;
1855 (State), 10,151; 1910 (U.S.), 32,452;
1860 (U.S.),  13,395; 1915 (State), 43,246;

  1. When  places other than Chelsea or Massachusetts are named  in the original records, they are given in the printed copy.
  2. In all items from the records the original spelling of the names is ,given, and any additions made to the spelling of the record are enclosed in brackets.
  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. The birth of a married woman is recorded under her maiden name when  it is known, but if the maiden name is unknown the entry appears under the husband's name, with a dash enclosed in brackets, i.e. [-], to signify that the maiden name is not known.
  5. Marriages and intentions are printed under the name of both parties. When  both the marriage and intention are recorded, only the marriage record is printed, and the date of the intention is not given except when needed :o make more clear the date of the marriage. When the marriage appears without the intention recorded it is designated with an asterisk.
  6. Additional information which does riot appear in the original record, i.e., any difference shown in other entries of the record, is enclosed in parentheses.


a.- age; aged
abt.- about
b. - born
bp.- baptized
bur.- butied
ch.- child
C.R.1.- church record; First Unitarian Society, Revere
CR.2.- church record, Evangelical Congregational Church of Revere
d.- daughter  died; day
Dea.- deacon
dec.- deceased
dup.- duplicate entry
G.R.1.- grave record, Revere Cemetery
G.R.1a.- grave record, Revere Cemetery,  as compiled  by Mellen Chamberlain in "History of Chelsea"
G.R.1b.-  record from plan of Revere Cemetery in city hall, Revere
G.R.2.- grave record, Garden Cemetery
G.R.3.- grave record, Woodlawn Cemetery
G.R.4.- grave record, Winthrop Cemetery
h.- husband; hours
inf.- infant
int.- publishment of intention of marriage
Jr.- Junior
mo.- month
Md.- married
prob.- probably
P.R.1.- from sexton's record, kept by John Tewksbury, now in Revere Public Library
P.R.2. - record from journal of Abel Bowen
s. - son
Sr, - senior
S.R. -from Suffolk County records
T.R. - town record
unm. -  unmarried
w. - wife
wid. - widow
widr.- widower
y. - year.

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