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Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850


Vital Records of Chilmark, Massachusetts to the Year 1850

Published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society at the Charge of the Eddy Town-Record Fund
Boston, Mass., 1904

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.
C. B. Tillinghast
Francis Everett Blake
Charles Knowles Bolton
Don Gleason Hill
Edmund Dana Barbour
Editor, Henry Ernest Woods

Stanhope Press
F. H. Gilson Company
Boston, U.S.A.

THE TOWN OF CHILMARK, County of Dukes  County, was established September 14,1694, from common land.
  October 30, 1714, "the Mannour of Tisbury, commonly called Chilmark," to have all the powers of a town.
  Population by census: 1765  (Prov.),663;
    1776   (Prov.), 769 ; 1790  (U.S.), 771;
    1800   (U.S.),  800;  1810  (U.S.), 723;
    1820   (U.S.),  695;  1830  (U.S.), 691;
    1840   (U.S.),  702;  1850  (U.S.), 747;
    1855   (State), 676;  1860  (U.S.), 654;
    1865   (State), 548;  1870  (U.S.), 476;
    1875   (State), 508;  1880  (U.S.), 494;
    1885   (State), 412;  1890  (U.S.), 353;
    1895   (State), 304;  1900  (U.S.), 324.

  1. WHEN   places other than Chilmark and Massachusetts are named   in the original recorc s, 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 might be found under different spellings.
   4. Marriages and intentions of marriages are printed under the names  of both parties, but the full information concerning each  party is given only in the entry under his or her name. When  both the marriage and intention of marriage are recorded, only  the marriage record is printed; and  where  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. Parentheses are used only when they occur in the original text, or to separate clauses found there - such as the birth-place of parents, in late marriage records.

a. - age
abt. - about
b. - born
ch. - child
chn. - children
Co. - county
d. - daughter; died; day
Dea. - deacon
dup. - duplicate entry
G.R. - gravestone record
h. - husband
hrs. - hours
inf. - infant
int. - publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. - junior
m. -  married; month
prob. - probably
rec. - recorded
s. - son
Sr. - senior
w. - wife ; week
wid. - widow
widr. -widower
y. - year
1st. - first
2d. - second
3d. - third
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