Vital Records of Manchester, Massachusetts to the Year 1850
Published by the Essex Institute, Salem, Mass., 1903.
Newcomb & Gauss
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
1800, 1082. 1840,1355.
1810, 1137. 1850, 1638.
l820, 1201. 1900, 2522.
c. x.-church record.
CT. R.-court record, Essex Co. Quarterly Court.
d.-daughter; day; died.
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.
T. C.-town copy of records made in 1886 by William A. Stone, town