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Vital Records of Duxbury, Massachusetts to the Year 1850

Published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society at the Charge of the Eddy Town-Record Fund
Boston, Mass., 1911.

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.
Henry Winchester Cunningham
Charles Knowles Bolton
Edmund Dana Barbour
Henry Edwards Scott
F. Apthorp Foster

Editor, F. Apthorp Foster

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

THE TOWN OF DUXBURY, Plymouth County, was established June 7, 1637, from common land.
March 2, 1641, bounds were established.
June 3, 1656, part called the New Plantation was established as Bridgewater.
March 2, 1658, Namassakeesett was annexed to Duxbury.
March 5, 1661, certain lands were granted to Duxbury and Marshfield.
July 5, 1670, bounds between Duxbury and "the Major's Purchase" were established.
June 5, 1678, bounds were established.
February 23, 1683, bounds between Duxbury and Marshfield were established.
March 21, 1712, part of Duxbury included in the new town of Pembroke.
June 14, 1813, bounds between Duxbury and Marshfield were established.

Population by Census:   1765 (Prov.),  1050;
1776 (Prov.), 1254; 1790 (U.S.),  1454;
1800 (U.S.), 1664; 1810 (U.S.),  2201;
1820 (U.S.), 2403; 1830 (U.S.),  2716;
1840 (U.S.), 2798; 1850 (U.S.),  2679;
1855 (State), 2620; 1860 (U.S.),  2597;
1865 (State), 2384; 1870 (U.S.),  2341;
1875 (State), 2245; 1880 (U.S.),  2196;
1885 (State), 1924; 1890 (U.S.),  1908;
1895 (State), 1966; 1900 (U.S.),  2075;
1905 (State), 2028; 1910 (U.S.),  1688.

EXPLANATIONS.
1. WHEN places other than Duxbury and Massachusetts are named in the original records, they are given in the printed copy.
2. In all items from town records the original spelling is followed, and no attempt is made to correct errors appearing in the records or to harmonize conflicting names or dates.
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. 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. There are no intentions of marriage recorded in Duxbury.
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 to show the difference in the spelling of a name in the same entry, to indicate the maiden name of a wife, to enclose an imperfect portion of the original text, and to separate clauses in the original text - such as the birthplace of a parent in late records.
6. In 1851 a copy of some town, church, and miscellaneous records was made by Ichabod Alden, and now forms a part of the town records. This book contains many duplicate items and is not wholly accurate, but some of the town records appearing in it cannot now be found elsewhere.

ABBREVIATIONS.
a. - age
abt. - about
b. - born
bp. - baptized
bur. - buried
C.R.1. - church record, First Church and Parish of Duxbury
C.R.2.- church record, First Society of Methodists
C.R.3. - church record, Pilgrim Church
C.R.4. - records of the Society of Friends of Pembroke, now in the possession of the Society at New Bedford
eh. - child
chn. - children
Co. - county
d. - daughter; died; day
Dea. - deacon
dup. - duplicate entry
G.R.1. - gravestone record, Old Cemetery, Chestnut Street, South Duxbury
G.R.2. - gravestone record, Dingley Cemetery, Crooked Lane, Duxbury
G.R.3. - gravestone record, Large Cemetery, Duxbury
G.R.4. - gravestone record, Ashdod Cemetery, Duxbury
G.R.5. - gravestone record, cemetery back of the present Episcopal Church, formerly the Methodist Church
h. - husband
hrs. - hours
inf. - infant
int. - publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. - junior
m. - married; month
mitt. - minutes
P.C.R. - Plymouth County Record
P.R.1. - private record, from the Darius Fuller Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Edwin P. Litchfield of Pembroke
P.R.2. - private record, from the Job Bradford Bible, now in the possession of Frank Keene of East Pembroke
P.R.3. - private record, from the James Keene Bible, now in the possession of Frank Keene of East Pembroke
P.R.4. - private record, from the Simmons family record, now in the possession of Miss Carrie Randall of West Duxbury
P.R.5. - private record, from the Loring family record, now in the possession of Mrs. Bernard Loring of Pembroke
P.R.6. - private record, from the Spencer Holmes Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Lucy S. Gray of Bryantville
P.R.7. - private record, from the Wadsworth Chandler Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Wadsworth Chandler of West Duxbury
P.R.8. - private record, from the Keene family record, now in the possession of Mrs. Charles Bryant of Pembroke
P.R.9.- private record, from the Martin S. Chandler Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. J. D. Randall of Duxbury
P.R.10.- private record, from a Bible now in the possession of Miss Bessie Green of Duxbury
P.R.11. - private record, from a Bible now in the possession of Mrs. Samuel Stickney Jr. of Duxbury
P.R.12 - private record, from the Bible of Mrs. Maria Weston Bradford, now in the possession of Mrs. Laurence Bradford of Duxbury.
P.R.13. - private record, from the Ephraim Bradford family record, now in the possession of Mrs. L. N. Greene of Duxbury
P.R.14. -private record, from the Gershom B. Weston Bible, now in the possession of Miss Maria Weston of Duxbury
P.R.15.-private record, from the Capt. Briggs Thomas Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Drew of Duxbury
P.R.16. - private record, from the Briggs B. Delano Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Herbert Wright of Duxbury
P.R.17. - private record, from the William Simmons Bible, now in the possession of Edwin Irving Simmons of Duxbury
P.R.18. - private record, from a copy of the Joseph Freeman Bible, now in the possession of Theodore Freeman of Duxbury
P.R.19- private record, from the Mrs. Henry L. Cushman Bible, now in the possession of Miss Lucy S. Cushman of Duxbury
P.R.20.- private record, from papers in the Mrs, Henry L. Cushman Bible, now in the possession of Miss Lucy S. Cushman of Duxbury
P.R.21.- private record, from the William Paulding Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. George B. Bates of Duxbury
P.R.22. - private record, from the Mrs. Elizabeth C. Ryder Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. W. H. Thomas of Duxbury
P.R.23 - private record, from the Nathaniel Ford Bible, now in the possession of Jonathan Ford of Duxbury
P.R.24. - private record, from the Joseph W. Simmons Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. George T. Ryder of Duxbury
P.R.25- private record, from the Hiram Foster Bible, still in his possession
P.R.26. - private record, from the Cyrus Churchill Bible, now in the possession of Thomas Goran of Duxbury
P.R.27. - private record, from the John Delano Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. H. Reynolds of Duxbury
P.R.28. - private record, from a copy of the Issachar Josselyn Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Theodore Freeman of Duxbury
P.R.29. -private record, from the Joseph Weston Bible, now in the possession of William Henry Weston of Duxbury
P.R.30. - private record, from the George Loudon Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Harrison Wadsworth of Duxbury
P.R.31. - private record, from the Capt. Lewis Peterson Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Hamilton Wadsworth of Duxbury
P.R.32. - private record, from the Alden Chandler Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Hiram Foster of Duxbury
P.R.33. - private record, from the Joseph Prior Jr. Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Hiram Foster of Duxbury
P.R.34. - private record, from the John Faunce Bible, now in the possession of Miss Anna Freeman of Duxbury
P.R.35. - private record, from the Elizabeth Bradford Bible, now in the possession of Miss Alice Holbrook of Duxbury
P.R.36.- private record, from the William Bradford Bible, now in the possession of Miss Alice Holbrook of Duxbury
P.R.37. - private record, from a copy of the Reuben Peterson Bible, now in the possession of Dr. Reuben Peterson of Ann Arbor, Michigan
P.R.38. - private record, from a Bible now in the possession of the Free Library, Duxbury
P.R.39. - private record, from the Henry Wadsworth Bible, now in the possession of Ella Wadsworth of Duxbury
P.R.40. - private record, from the Mrs. William Joyce Bible, now in the possession of Sally P. Joyce of Duxbury
P.R.41. - private record, from the Mrs. Rufus Holmes Bible, still in her possession
P.R.42. - private record, from the Andrew Stetson Bible, now in the possession of Charles F. Stetson of Duxbury
P.R.43. - private record, from the Samuel Winsor Bible, now in the possession of James Winsor of Duxbury
P.R.44. - private record, from the Alden Winsor Bible, now in the possession of James Winsor of Duxbury
P.R.45. - private record, from the Thomas Hunt Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Spencer T. Winsor of Duxbury
P.R.46. - private record, from the Spencer T. Winsor Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Spencer T. Winsor of Duxbury
P.R.47. -private record, from a record now in the possession of the Misses Hathaway of Duxbury
P.R.48. - private record, from the Thomas D. Hathaway Bible, now in the possession of the Misses Hathaway of Duxbury
P.R.49. - private record, from the Weston Freeman Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Gamaliel Wadsworth and Miss Abby Freeman of Duxbury
P.R.50. - private record, from the George Cushman Bible
P.R-51. - private record, from the Gamaliel Wadsworth Bible, still in his possession
P.R-52. - private record, from the Eden Wadsworth Bible
probably, now in the possession of Mrs. Philander Wadsworth
P.R.53. - private record, from the Rev. Josiah Moore Bible, now in the possession of Commodore William Moor of Duxbury
P.R.54. - private record, from the Stephen Bradford Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Julius Bradford of Duxbury
P.R.55. - private record, from the Martin Freeman Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Enoch Freeman of Duxbury
P.R.56.- private record, from the Thomas T. McNaught Bible, still in his possession
P.R.57. - private record, from the Samuel A. Frazar Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. E. A. Sears of Duxbury
P.R.58. - private record, from the Samuel S. Peterson Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Ernest Sweetser of Duxbury
P.R.59.  - private record, from the Samuel Soul Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Ernest Sweetser of Duxbury
P.R.60.--private record, from the James Woodward Bible, now in the possession of W. J. Alden of Duxbury
P.R.61. - private record, from the Lydia J. Alden Bible, now in the possession of W. J. Alden of Duxbury
P.R.62. - private record, from the Charles Winsor Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Rufus Holmes of Duxbury
P.R.63. - private record, from the William Bradford Bible, now in the possession of Miss Alice Holbrook of Duxbury
P.R.64. - private record, from the Capt. Charles Soule Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Harvy Soule of Duxbury
P.R.65. - private record, from the Harvy Soule Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Harvy Soule of Duxbury
P.R.66. - private record, from the Capt. James Chandler Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Harvy Soule of Duxbury
P.R.67.-private record, from the Washington Sears Bible, now in the possession of Levi Gushing of Duxbury
P.R.68. - private record, from the Levi Gushing Bible, still in his possession
P.R.69. - private record, from the Sylvanus Sampson Bible, now in the possession of Miss Elizabeth S. Sampson of Duxbury
P.R.70. - private record, from the Richard Soule Bible, now in the possession of Miss Elizabeth S. Sampson of Duxbury
P.R.71. - private record, from the George Winslow Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. George Winslow of Duxbury
P.R-72.- private record, from papers formerly in an old Brewster Bible, now in the possession of Elisha Peterson of Duxbury
P.R-73- - private record, from the Sylvanus Sampson Bible, now in the possession of Miss Elizabeth S. Sampson of Duxbury
P.R-74.- private record, from the Thomas Winsor Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Stephen N. Gifford of Duxbury
P.R.75- - private record, from the Mrs. Jane Winsor Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Stephen N. Gifford of Duxbury
P.R-76. - private record, from the Nathaniel Weston Bible, now in the possession of Miss Georgia Clapp of Duxbury
P.R.77-- private record, from the Albert Clapp Bible, now in the possession of Miss Georgia Clapp of Duxbury
P.R-78. - private record, from the Delano record, now in the possession of Miss Georgia Clapp of Duxbury
P.R-79.-private record, from the Joshua Marston Gushing Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Mabel Louise Facey of Duxbury
P.R.80. - private record, from the George B. Gushing Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Mabel Louise Facey of Duxbury
P.R.81. - private record, from the Thomas Soule Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Albert Soule of Duxbury
P.R.82. - private record, from the Judith Weston Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Alien Holmes of Duxbury
P.R.83--private record, from the Mrs. Lott Soule Bible, now in the possession of Miss Caroline E. Nutter of Duxbury
P.R.84. - private record, from the Mrs. Ichabod Sampson Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Ichabod Sampson of Duxbury
P.R.85. - private record, from the Samuel Hunt Bible, now in the possession of Frank Holmes of Duxbury
P.R.86.-private record, from the Nathan Burgess Bible, now in the possession of M!rs. Flora Snow of Duxbury
P.R.87.-private record, from the George and Lloyd Granville Sampson Bibles. now in the possession of Miss Margery Sampson of Duxbury
P.R.88.- private record, from the John Jones Bible, now in the possession of Miss Margery Sampson of Duxbury
P.R.89. - private record, from the Hiram Delano Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Albert Soule of Duxbury
P.R.90. - private record, from the Mrs. George Soule Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Nathan Soule of Duxbury
P.R.91.-private record, from the Capt. Thomas Soule 2d Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Christiana Lewis Chick
P.R.92,- private record, from the John Hollis Bible, now in the possession of Caro G. Hollis of Essex
P.R.93. - private record, from the Benjamin Prior Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Philander Wadsworth of Duxbury
P.R.94. - private record, from the Garret C. Lewis Bible probably, now in the possession of Mrs. Philander Wadsworth of Duxbury
P.R.95 -private record, from the Mrs. Thomas Chandler Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Josephine Torry
P.R.96. - private record, from Oliver Delano's memoranda, now in the possession, of Mrs. Lewis Bailey of Duxbury
P.R.97. - private record, from the Mrs. Briggs Peterson Bible, now in the possession of James Peterson of Duxbury
P.R.98. - private record, from the Jonathan Y. Gross Bible, now in the possession of Willard Y. Gross of Duxbury
P.R.99. - private record, from the Melzar Brewster Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. LeNaron Goodwin of Duxbury
P.R.100. - private record, from the Edwin Peterson Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Herbert White of Duxbury
P.R.101. - private record, from the Mrs. Amantha Prior Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. George P. Prior of Duxbury
P.R.102. - private record, from the Mrs. George P. Prior Bible, still in her possession
P.R 103. - private record, from the Chandler Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Edgar Loring of Kingston
P.R.104. - private record, from the Wadsworth Bible, now in the possession of Miss Mary Drew of Kingston
P.R.105 - private record, from the Dr. John Porter record, now in the possession of Dr. Nathaniel K. Noyes of Duxbury
R.R. - Rebellion Record
rec. - recorded
s. - son
Sr. - senior
w. - wife; week
wid. - widow
widr. - widower
y. - year

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