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Vital Records of Manchester, Massachusetts to the Year 1850

Published by the Essex Institute, Salem, Mass., 1903.

Newcomb & Gauss
Salem, Massachusetts
Oct. 6, 1942

  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 several private records found in family Bibles. These records are printed in a condensed form in which every essential particular has been preserved. All duplication of the town clerk's record has been eliminated, but differences in entry and other explanatory matter appear in brackets.  The copy  of the original records made for the town in 1886, by William A. Stone, town clerk, has been used only when it has supplied entries now missing in the original. Parentheses are used when they occur in the original record ; also to show the difference in the spelling of a name in the same entry and to indicate the maiden name of a wife. Whenplaces other than Manchester  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  first settlers gave the name of " Jeofferyes Creeke "to this tract of land which at that time was a part of Salem. The name Manchester  appears in the Colonial Records under the date of May  14, 1645, when  " It is ordered, yf Jeffryes Creeke shalbe called Manchester."  June 18, 1645, 'both branches of the Great and General Court concurred in the following: "att ye request of ye inhabitants of Jeofferyes Creeke, this Courte doth graunt y' ye said Jeofferyes Creeke hence fo'ward shall be called Manchester."

  The  population of Manchester  at different periods was as
follows :
     1765,732.           1800, 1082.         1840,1355.
     1776, 949.          1810, 1137.         1850, 1638.
     1790, 965.          l820, 1201.         1900, 2522.
                         1830, 1236.

c. x.-church  record.
CT. R.-court record, Essex Co. Quarterly Court.
d.-daughter;  day;  died.
dup.-duplicate  entry.
a. R.-gravestone record, Old Cemetery.
int.-intention of marriage.
m.-male   ; married; month,,
P.R.1.-Bible record, now   in the possession of the Manchester  Public library and presented by Mrs. Hooper  Alien.
P.R.2.-Bible record now in the possession of William H. Allen.
P.R.3.-Record  furnished by Joseph A. Torrey.
P.R.4.-Bible record now in the possession of William J. Johnson.
rec. -recorded.
T. C.-town  copy of records made in 1886  by William A. Stone, town  clerk.
iv.-wife, week.

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