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Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the Year 1850

Published by the Topsfield Historical Society
Topsfield, Mass., 1910.

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 Salem 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 married woman.
  When places other  than Haverhill 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.

HAVERHILL
  The  Indian name for this locality was " Pentucket" - but the early settlers applied the name of Haverhill in compliment to Rev. John Ward, their first minister, who came from Haverhill, England.  "Mr. Ward & Newberry  men " petitioned the General Court on May  13, 1640, for permission to begin a new plantation on  the Merrimack  river, which was granted provided " they build there before the next Courte." Though the town was settled and houses erected in 1640 it was not until November 15, 1642, that a title to the land was purchased of the Indian owners.
  In June, 1641, the Court appointed  men  to determine the bounds  'between Salsberry and Pantucket alias Haverell."
  In 1643, a law was passed by the General Court requiring a record to be kept of births, marriages and deaths in each town and  in Haverhill, Richard Littlehale was chosen "clerk of the Writs and Town  Recorder," and the first meeting of which proceedings are recorded was held November 6, 1643.
  In 1645 the plantation of Haverhill was incorporated as a town.
  An  island in the Merrimack river was granted to Haverhill on May  23, 1650.
  October 14, 1651 bounds were established.
  October 19, 1654 bounds  between Haverhill and  Salisbury were established.
  May 18, 1664 bounds between  Haverhill and lands of Maj. Gen'l Dennison were established.
  December 8, 1725 the western part of the town was included in the new town of Methuen. 

The  population of Haverhill at different periods was as follows : 
         1765, 1,980.                 1820, 3,070.
         1776, 2,810.                 1830, 3,896.
         1790, 2,408.                 1840, 4,336.
         1800, 2,730.                 1850, 5,877.
         1810, 2,682.                 1907, 41,242.

ABBREVIATIONS
a.-age.
abt.-about.
b.-born.
bef.-before.
bet.-between.
bp.-baptized.
bur.-buried.
C. R.1.-First Parish Church records.
C. R. 2.-North Parish Congregational Church records.
C. R. 3.-West Parish Congregational Church records.
C. R. 4.-East Parish Fourth Congregational Church records.
C. R. 5.-Centre Congregational Church records.
C. R. 6. Second Baptist Church records.
C. R. 7.-South Christian Church records.
C. R. 8.-Records  of the Quaker  Monthly Meeting, Amesbury and Hampton.
ch.-child.
chn.-children.
Co.-county.
Ct. F.-court files, Essex Co. Quarterly Court.
Ct. R.-court record, Essex Co. Quarterly Court.
d.-daughter; day;  died.
Dea.-deacon.
dup.-duplicate entry.
G. R.1.-gravestone record, Pentucket Cemetery.
G. R. 2.-gravestone record, North Parish Burying Ground.
G. R. 3.-gravestone record, Ancient West Parish Cemetery.
G. R. 4.-gravestone record, Walnut Cemetery.
G. R. 5.-gravestone record, Greenwood Cemetery.
G. R. 6.-gravestone record, Linwood Cemetery.
G. R. 7.-gravestone record, Second West Parish Cemetery.
G. R. 8.-gravestone record, Hillside Cemetery.
G. R. 9.-Hilldale Cemetery.
h.-husband;   hour.
inf.-infant.
int.-intention of marriage.
jr.-junior.
m.-male;   married; month.
P. R.1.-Record  of marriage  licenses among   the Wheatland Papers, Vol. VII, now in possession of the Essex Institute.
P. R. 2. Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Alice (Nichols) Gardner.
P. R. 3.-Bible records now in possession of Mrs. Clara Carleton Pearl.
P. R. 4. -Record now in possession of Miss Elizabeth Goodrich.
P. R. 5.-Bible record now in possession of Miss Caroline Duncan.
P. R. 6.-Bible record now   in possession of Mrs. Florence L. Hayden.
P. R. 7.-Bible record now in possession of Mrs. L. P. Irving.
P. R. 8.-Bible records now in possession of Mrs. Sarah A. Newcomb.
P. R. 9.-Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Elbridge Gerry Kimball.
P. R. 10.-Bible record now  in possession of Mrs.  John Ward Cook.
P. R.11.-Record   now in possession of Mrs. A.  J. Woodman, Danvers.
P. R. 12.-Bible record now  in possession of Mrs. James Davis.
P. R. 13.-Bible record now  in possession of Robert A. Emerson.
P. B. 14.-Bible record now  in possession of Mrs. Walter Nickols.
P. R, 15.-Bible record now  in possession of Mrs. Frank H. Russ.
P. B. 16.-Bible record now  in possession of  Mrs. George  E. Elliott.
P. R. 17.-Bible record now in possession of Mrs, Rufus L. Chase.
P. R. 18.-Bible record now in possession of James How.
P. R. 19.-Bible record now in possession of Mrs. S. A. Strickland.
P. R. 20.-Bible record now in possession of Miss Anna Gile.
P. R. 21.-Bible record now  in possession of Mrs.  George W. Kimball.
P. R. 22.-Sampler  now in possession of Miss Mary West.
P. R. 23.-Bible record now in possession of George C. Martin.
P. R. 24.-Bible records now in possession of Mrs. Henry Merrill.
P. R. 25.-Bible record now in possession of Henry LeBosquet.
P. R. 26.-Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Jackson Haynes.
P.  R. 27.-Parchment   record  now  in  possession of Jackson Haynes.
P. R. 28.-Record  now in possession of Moses Riland Chase.
P. R. 29.-Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Emily Webster Hastings, Watertown.
P. R. 30.-Bible record now in possession of Mrs. John C. Tilton.
P. R. 31.-Bible record now in possession of Miss Florence Tolman  Blunt.
P. R. 32.-Bible records now in possession of Amos Davis.
P. R. 33.-Bible record now in possession of Frederick Kimball.
P. R. 34.-Bible record now in possession of Mr. Jessie Atwood.
P. R. 35.-Bible record now in possession of Charles F. Morse.
P. R. 36.-Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Charlotte Petten gill.
P. R. 37.-Bible  record now   in possession of Hazen Moody Chase.
P. R. 38.-Bible record now in possession of Philip C. Swett.
P. R. 39.-Bible record now  in possession of Mrs. Mary  Olive Weeden, Plaistow, N. H.
P. R. 40.-Bible record now in possession of Arthur N. Currier.
P. R. 41.-Sampler  now in possession of Mrs. Florence E. Hopkin son.
P. R. 42.-Bible record now  in possession of Mrs. Florence E.
     Hopkinson.
P. R. 43.-Bible record now in possession of Charles Henry Wells.
P. R. 44.-Bible  record now   in possession of Mrs. Julia Ann Webster.
P. R. 45.-Records now  in possession of Otis Ladd Johnson.
P. R. 46.-Bible records now in possession of Mrs. A. H. Johnson.
P. R. 47.-Family Register now in possession of Charles H. Burnham.
P. R. 48.-Bible record now in possession of Mrs. A. H. Brown.
P. R. 49.-Bible record now in possession of Leslie K. Morse.
P. R. 50.-Bible record now  in possession of Mrs.  Henry  H. Johnson.
P. R. 51.-Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Milton Chase.
P. R. 52.-Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Walter Ford.
P. R. 53.-Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Ann E. Butters.
P. R. 54.-Bible record now  in possession of Miss  Lucy  Ann Brickett.
P. R. 55.-Sampler now  in possession of Mrs. Abbie S. Foster.
P. R. 56.-Bible record now in possession of Albert E. Kenison.
P. R. 57.-Bible record now  in possession of Mrs. George  W. Kimball.
P. R. 58.-Ledger now  in possession of Mrs. Nason.
P. R. 59.-Bible record now in possession of Mrs. George How.
P. R. 60.-Bible record now  in possession of Mrs. William H. Dixon.
P. R. 61.-Bible record now in possession of William Sargent.
P. R. 62.-Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Amos Haseltine.
P. R. 63.-Records now  in possession of George Franklin Webster.
P. R. 64.-Bible records now in possession of Mrs. L. S. Irving.
P. R. 65.-Bible record now in possession of George W. Russ.
P. R. 66.-Bible record now  in possession of Mrs. Frances G. Plummer.
P. R. 67.-Sampler now in possession of the Haverhill Historical Society.
P. R. 68.-Bible record now in possession of Ebenezer Webster.
P. R. 69.-Manuscript  record now   in possession of Harrison Whitaker.
P. R. 70.-Bible record now in possession of Amos Haseltine.
rec.-recorded.
s.-son.
sr.-senior.
T. C.-town copy.
unm.-unmarried
w.-wife  ; week.
wid.-widow.
widr,-widower
y.-year.

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