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Vital Records of Edgartown 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, 6 November, 1901, as follows:
   Voted: That the sum of $20,000, from the bequest of the late Robert Henry Eddy, beset 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 EDGARTOWN, County  of Dukes County, formerly known as Great Harbour, was established July 8, 1671, from common land, and the name then changed. February 5, 1830, the bounds between Edgartown
and Tisbury were established.

    Population by Census: 1765 (Prov.), 944;
    1776  (Prov.), 1020; 1790 (U.S.), 1352;
    1800  (U.S.), 1226;  1810 (U.S.), 1365;
    1820  (U.S.), 1374;  1830 (U.S.), 1509;
    1840  (U.S.), 1736;  1850 (U.S.), 1990;
    1855  (State), 1898; 1860 (U.S.), 2118;
    1865  (State), 1846; 1870 (U.S.), 1516;
    1875  (State), 1707; 1880 (U.S.), 1303;
    1885  (State), 1165; l890 (U.S.), 1156;
    1895  (State), 1125; 1900 (U.S.), 1209;

   1. WHEN  places other than Edgartown and Massachusetts are named  in the original records, 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 birthplace of parents, in late marriage records.

a. - age
abt. - about
b. - born
ch.-  child
chn. - children
Co. -  county
C.R.1. - church record, Church of Christ, Congregational
C.R.2.-church   record, Methodist
C.R.3. - church record, Baptist
d. - daughter; died; day
Dea. -  deacon
D.R.1. - Dukes County record, Court Vol. I
D.R.2.-Dukes   County record, Deeds Vol. I
dup. - duplicate entry
G.R.1. - gravestone record, Old Burying Ground
G.R.2.-gravestone record, Pease's Point Way Cemetery
G.R.3. - gravestone record, private grounds
G.R.4. - gravestone record, Indian Cemetery, Chappaquiddick Island
G.R.5.-gravestone  record, First Cemetery, Chappaquiddick Island
G.R.6. - gravestone record, Belain Cemetery, Chappaquiddick Island
G.R.7. - gravestone record, Cottage City Cemetery
C.R.8. -gravestone  record, Farm  Neck  Cemetery, Cottage City
G.R.9. - gravestone record, graves near Old House Pond, Cottage City
h. - husband
hrs. - hours
inf. - infant
int. - publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. - junior
m. -  married; month
min. - minutes
P.R. -private record, from a Record of Deaths kept by the Rev.  Samuel Kingsbury  and  the Rev. Joseph Thaxter (with additions by Miss Harriet M. Pease), now in the possession of Miss Harriet M. Pease, of Edgartown.
prob. - probably
rec. - recorded
s. - son
Sr. -  senior
w. -  wife; week
wid. - widow
widr. -widower
y. - year
1st. - first
2nd. - second
3rd. -  third

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