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Vital Records of Dunstable, Massachusetts to the Year 1850


Published by the Essex Institute
Salem, Mass., 1913.
1913

Newcomb & Gauss
Printers
Salem, Massachusetts
                
EXPLANATIONS.
  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.

DUNSTABLE.
  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  were established.
  Feb. 15, 1820, bounds between Dunstable and  Groton were established.

The  population of Dunstable  at different periods was as follows:
            1765, 559.              1820,  584.
            1776, 679.              1830,  593.
            1790, 380.              1840,  603.
            1800, 485.              1850,  590.
            1810, 475.              1900,  427.
                       1910,  408.

ABBREVIATIONS.
a.-age.
abt.-about.
b.-born.
bef.-before.
bet.-between.
bp.-baptized.
bur.-buried.
C.R.-Congregational Church records.
ch.-child.
chn.-children.
Co.-county.
CT. R.-court record, Middlesex Co. Quarterly Court.
d.-daughter;  day; died.
Dea.-deacon.
dup.-duplicate entry.
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.
h.-husband; hour.
inf.-infant.
int,-intention of marriage.
jr.-junior.
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.
rec.-recorded.
ret.-return.
s.-son.
sr.-senior.
T. C.-town copy.
unm.-unmarried.
w.-wife;  week.
wid.-widow.
widr.-widower.
y.-year.

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