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MIDDLEBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS VITAL RECORDS, Volume One

Births to 1838

Deaths to 1800

Marriages to 1772

 

Edited by

Barbara Lambert Merrick

Alicia Crane Williams

 

Published by

The Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants

Carolyn B. Wade Memorial Publication Fund

1986

Copyright ©1986

The Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants

Boston, Massachusetts

LCCC No.-86-061103

 

Indexing by

Williams Word Processing

18 Martin's Cove Road

Hingham, Massachusetts 02043

William S. Sullwold Publishing, Inc.

Taunton, Massachusetts

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Selectmen of the Town of Middleborough, former Town Clerk Ruth Caswell, Town Clerk Sandra Bernier, and Carolyn Andrews for their cooperation and assistance. Nancy Kish-Hill for proofreading, Elaine Phinney for transcribing and proofreading, and Rebecca Ford and Eleanor Gay for proofreading and preparing the manuscript for indexing.

 

Jane Griffith and the Middleborough Historical Commission for the map used for the endpapers.

 

INTRODUCTION

Publication of the vital records of Middleborough, Massachusetts, was begun in 1900 when transcriptions by George Ernest Bowman were printed in the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants' quarterly, The Mayflower Descendant. Through 1937, when the original series of The Mayflower Descendant ceased publication, Bowman transcribed the volumes titled "Early Records," "Book 1," and "Book 2."

In addition, all but about fifty pages of "Book 4, pt. 1" were printed. These transcriptions covered births and deaths in Middleborough to the 1790's, and marriages to the 1770's. Middleborough, Massachusetts, Vital Records reprints all of the material published in The Mayflower Descendant from 1900 to 1937 (with the addition of one page that was inadvertently omitted — page 241 of original Book 1, which is on page 77 of Volume One of this set). This reprinted material is contained in pages 1-242 of Volume One. Succeeding pages of Volume One and all of Volume Two consist of new transcriptions from the original vital records of the town of Middleborough.

 

Transcription Method

Material transcribed exclusively for this volume was interpreted from microfilm copies of the original records held by the town. Transcriptions then were proofread against the original books at the town hall in Middleborough, with the exception of pages 243 to 301 of Volume One that were taken from "Book 4, Part I," which was not located. The microfilm of this section, however, was clear enough to proofread. Transcriptions were made in as literal a manner as possible, exactly as the entries appear in the records. Because of the difficulty of transcribing handwritten material to typeset material, and the number of transcribers necessary to a project of this size, there may be some discrepancies regarding punctuation or spelling of names.

 

Should errors be discovered in these records, kindly notify the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants.

 

MIDDLEBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS VITAL RECORDS, Volume Two

Births to 1838

Deaths to 1836

Marriages to 1842

Marriage Intentions to 1845

 

Edited by

Barbara Lambert Merrick

Alicia Crane Williams

 

Published by

The Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants

Carolyn B. Wade Memorial Publication Fund

1990

Copyright © 1990

rhe Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants

Boston, Massachusetts

LCCC No-86-61103

ISBN - 0-942445-01-5

 

Indexing by

Williams Word Processing

18 Martin's Cove Road

Hingham, Massachusetts 02043

William S. Sullwold Publishing, Inc.

Taunton, Massachusetts

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Selectmen of the Town of Middleborough, former Town Clerk Ruth Caswell, Town Clerk Sandra Bernier, and Carolyn Andrews for their cooperation and assistance. Elaine Phinney for transcribing and proofreading. Janet Griffith and the Middleborough Historical Commission for the map used for endpapers.

 

INTRODUCTION

All of the vital records transcribed in Volume Two of Middleborough, Massachusetts, Vital Records (with the exception of pages 1-7 -- see page 307, Errata and Addenda) are transcribed from microfilm copies of the original records held by the Town Clerk of Middleborough. Transcriptions were then proofread against the original record books at the town hall. Transcriptions were made in as literal a manner as possible, exactly as the entries appear in the records (note exception below). Because of the difficulty of transcribing handwritten material to typeset material, and the number of transcribers

necessary to a project of this size, there may be some discrepancies regarding punctuation or spelling of names. The records transcribed in volumes One and Two of Middleborough, Massachusetts, Vital Records constitute all records available on the microfilms of town records in the possession of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants. Vital records for Middleborough (and all Massachusetts towns) 1841-1895 are available on microfilm (with 5-year state-wide indexes) at the Massachusetts State Archives, Archives Division, 220 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, Massachusetts 02125 and at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116 (periodic transfers of records after 1895 from the Massachusetts Bureau of Vital Records and Statistics to the Massachusetts State Archives are scheduled.) For births between 1838 and 1841 and deaths between 1836 and 1841, the only available source is the Town Clerk of Middleborough.

 

Marriage Intentions

To conserve space, entries of marriage intentions have been abstracted, eliminating repetitive material such as "I Published a purpose of marriage between...." Each marriage intention entry includes the date of intention and the names and residence (if given) of both the bride and groom.

 

DONATIONS

Donations to the Carolyn B. Wade Memorial Publication Fund

have been made by, or in the memory of:

Fred Howland Alden

Joanna Vaughan Alden

Dr. Dixon A. Barr

John H. Barrows

Elizabeth D. Castner

Col. and Mrs. Duncan D. Chaplin III

R. Irene Rhoades Clarke

Augusta Cobb

Charles F.Cotton III

Vivian E. Cushing

William and Susanna Cushman

John H. Darlington, Jr.

Pauline F. Derick

Burton N. Derick

Alice H. Dreger

William H. Eaton

F. Stetson Eddy

Nabby Morton Ford

Nancy Fowler

Julia Ransom Fricke

Howard Cudworth Gardner (1898-1953)

Edith Howland Hayward Gelicke

William A. Graham

L. Rachel Gelicke Hill

Henry F. Johnson

Bettina H. Kesteloot

Nancy Kish-Hill

Betty H. Hunt

Ronald and Marion Koch

Marilyn Labbe

Bertram Lippincott III

R. A. Lovell, Jr.

Gratia Dunham Stavrum Mahoney

George A. Macomber, Jr.

Barbara Bearse McFarland

 

DONATIONS

Betsey Foster Martin

Franklin R. Mullaly

Isabelle Cushman Nason

Children of Jay W. & Estella (Waterman) Olmstead:

Louella Olmstead Timm

Grace Olmstead Green

Harry Olmstead

Clara Olmstead Marston

Orville Olmstead

Anna Olmstead Wagner

Gladys Olmstead Pearson

Elizabeth L. Paradise

George A. Parsons

Burton Edward Dillingham Raymond

Ella May Roraback

Daniel Russell, HI

Virginia Nourse Salomon

C. L. Smith, Jr.

Laurie P. Snowden

Virginia BradleeStasinos

Dora MaranvilleSteffey

Carabelle Hitchings Thompson

Col. Charles J. Tinkham

James W. Tower

Robert S. Wakefield

Harry L. Walen

Richard Warren

Jonah and Huldah Washburn

Eleanor Cady Weber

Emma Perkins Weston

Stanley Wells Widger, M.D.

 

The Carolyn B. Wade Memorial Publication Fund is used for publication projects of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants. Donations to the Wade Memorial Fund will help finance additional publications of vital records and other resources valuable to Mayflower researchers.

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