Vital Records of Dunstable, Massachusetts to the Year 1850
Published by the Essex Institute
Salem, Mass., 1913.
Newcomb & Gauss
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 Middlesex Co. 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 and other
explanatory matter appear in brackets. Parentheses are used when they occur in the
original record; also to indicate the maiden name of a wife.
When places other than Dunstable 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.
The early records of the Congregational Church, organized in 1685,
now the First Congregational Church of Nashua, N. H., cannot be found.
On October 16,1673, the town of Dunstable was incorporated upon petition
of twenty-six proprietors of lands along the Merrimack, Nashua and Souhegan
rivers. It derived its name from Dunstable, in Bedfordshire, England, the former
home of some of the earliest settlers of this locality.
Jan. 4, 1733, part established as Nottingham (N. H.).
July 4, 1735, part included in the new town of Litchfield (N. H.).
By the divisional line established in 1741, between Massachusetts and New
Hampshire, a large part of the original township, together with what is now Nashua,
N. H., was included in the latter state.
June 8, 1747, parts of Groton and Nottingham annexed.
Jan. 6, 1752, part annexed to Groton.
June 7, 1753, part of Groton annexed.
June 14, 1754, part of Nottingham annexed.
Apr. 24, 1755, Part of Chelmsford annexed.
June 22, 1789, part established as the District of Tyngsborough, and
Mar. 3, 1792, part annexed to the District.
In 1793, 1796 and 1803, parts of Groton annexed.
Jan. 29, 1798, and June 10, 1814, bounds between Dunstable and Tyngsborough
Feb. 15, 1820, bounds between Dunstable and Groton were established.
The population of Dunstable at different periods was as follows:
C.R.-Congregational Church records.
CT. R.-court record, Middlesex Co. Quarterly Court.
d.-daughter; day; died.
G. R. 1.-gravestone record, Meeting House Hill Cemetery.
G. R. 2.-gravestone record, Central Cemetery.
G. R. 3.-gravestone record, Swallow private burying ground.
G. R. 4.-gravestone record, Blood private burying ground.
G. R. 5.-gravestone record, Little Cemetery, South Nashua, N. H.
G. R. 6.-gravestone record, Drake (Tyng) Cemetery, Tyngsborough.
G. R. 7.-gravestone record, Thompson Cemetery, Tyngsborough.
G. R. 8.-gravestone record, Sherburne Cemetery, East Tyngsborough.
G. R. 9.-gravestone record, Fletcher private burying ground, Tyngsborough.
G. R. 10-gravestone record, Gould private burying ground, Tyngsborough.
int,-intention of marriage.
m.-male; married; month.
P. R. -1st Book of Dunstable Town Records at City
Hall, Nashua, N. H,
P. R. 1.-Bible record now in possession of William French.
P. R. 2.-Bible record now in possession of William P. Proctor.
P. R. 3.-Bible record now in possession of Jonas Kendall.
P. R. 4.-Bible record now in possession of Jonas Kendall.
P. R. 5.-Record now in possession of Jonas Kendall.
P. R. 6.-Bible record now in possession of Miss Alice L. Butterfield.
P. R. 7.-Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Frank Chapman.
P. R. 8.-Framed record now in possession of Elfred Swallow.
P. R. 9.-Record now in possession of Andrew J. Gilson.
P. R. 10.-Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Nancy Ingalls.
P. R. 11.-Bible record now in possession of Almond Kendall.
P. R. 12.-Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Libni Herman Parker.
P. R. 13.-Bible record now in possession of Libni Herman Parker.
P. R. 14.-Record now in possession of Mrs. Angie S. Parkhurst.
P. R. 15-Bible record now in possession of Miss Marietta Parker.
P. R. 16.-Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Mary Blodgett.
P. R. 17.-Note book record now in possession of Miss L. Ardena Butterfield.
P. R. 18.-Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Addie Cummings.
P. R. 19.-Bible record now in possession of Jonathan F. Bancroft of Tyngsborough.
T. C.-town copy.