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Vital Records of Medford, Massachusetts to the Year 1850





Published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, at the Charge of the Eddy-Town Record Fund. Boston, Mass., 1907. 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, be set 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. TillinghastFrancis Everett BlakeCharles Knowles BoltonDon Gleason HillEdmund Dana BarbourEditor, Henry Ernest Woods Stanhope PressF. H. Gilson CompanyBoston, U.S.A. THE TOWN OF MEDFORD was established September 28, 1630, from common land.April 19, 1754, a part of Charlestown was annexed to Medford.June  21, 1811, a part of Medford was annexed to Charlestown.June  10, 1817, a part of Maiden was annexed to Medford.The  town of Medford was incorporated as a city in 1892.

    Population by Census: 1765 (Prov.), 790;
    1776  (Prov.), 967;  1790 (U.S.), 1029;
    1800  (U.S.), 1114;  1810 (U.S.), 1443;
    1820  (U.S.), 1474;  1830 (U.S.), 1755;
    1840  (U.S.), 2478;  1850 (U.S.), 3749;
    1855  (State), 4603; 1860 (U.S.), 4842;
    1865  (State), 4839; 1870 (U.S.), 5717;
    1875  (State), 6627; 1880  (U.S.), 7573;
    1885  (State), 9042; 1890 (U.S.), 11079;
    1895  (State), 14474; 1900 (U.S.), 18244.
                 

EXPLANATIONS.
 1. WHEN   places other than Medford 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. 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.
      
ABBREVIATIONS.
a. - age
abt. - about
b. - born
ch. - child
chn. - children
Co. - county
C.R.1. - church record, First Parish, Unitarian
C.R.2. -church record, Second Church, Congregational
C.R-3. - church record, Mystic Church, Congregational
c.R.4. - church record, Grace Church, Episcopal
d. - daughter; died; day
Dea. --- deacon
dup. -  duplicate entry
G.R.1. - gravestone record, Salem Street Cemetery
G.R.2. - gravestone record, Cross Street Cemetery
h. - husband
hrs. - hours
inf. - infant
int. - publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. - junior
m. -  married; month
min. -  minutes
M.R. -  Middlesex County record (East Cambridge)
P.R.1.-private  record, from a  diary kept by Dea. Benjamin Willis, 1751-1764, now in the possession
     of Miss Martha A. Gushing, of Medford
P.R.2. - private record, from a diary kept by Rev. David Osgood,  1776-1822, now in the possession of the Medford Public Library, Medford
P.R.3. - private record, from the Gushing Book, 1785-1833, owned  by Mrs.  Mary  Weston  and  Miss Martha A. Cushing, of Medford
P.R.4. - private record, from Bible of Simon Tufts, now  in the possession of the Medford Historical Society, Medford
P.R.5. - private record, from Bible of Benjamin Hall Jr., now  in the possession of the Medford Historical Society, Medford
P.R.6. - private record, from Hall Bible, now in the possession of Daniel A. Gleason, of Medford
P.R.7. - private record, from Bible of Andrew  Hall, now in the possession of Mrs. William Story Sargent, of West Medford
P.R.8. - private record, from Bible of Silas Wild, now in the possession of Miss Helen Tilden Wild,  of Medford
P.R.9. - private record, from Bible of Isaac Sprague, now  in the possession of William C. Sprague, of Medford
P.R.10. - private record, from Bible of Aaron Blanchard, now   in the possession of Miss Sarah J. Blanchard,  of Medford.
P.R.11. - private record, from Bible of Henry Withing-
    ton, now  in the possession of Henry Withington,
    of Medford
P.R.12.-private  record, from Bible of Nahum   Mitchell, now in the possession of Edward W. Mitchell, of Medford
P.R.13.-private   record, from a letter of Converse Francis Jr. to Rev.  Charles Brooks, now  in the  possession  of the Medford   Historical Society,
    Medford
P.R.14.-private  record, from  Bible of  John King,  now  in the possession of Dudley Hall, of Medford
P.R.15. - private record, from Bible of James Tufts, now  in the possession of Mrs. Susan T. Brooks, of Medford
P.R.16.-private  record, from  Bible of  George W. Porter and a record of the Family of Dr. Jonathan Porter, now  in the possession of Edward Turner    Bigelow, of Medford
P.R.17. - private record, from Bible of Darius Waitt, now  in the possession of J. O. Goodwin, of Medford
P.R.18. -private record, from Bible of Daniel Peaslee, owned  by the heirs of Orchard Peaslee, of Medford.
P.R.19. -private record, from Bible of Zacharias Shed, now  in the possession of Mrs. Georgianna L. Turner, of Medford
P.R.20. - private record, from Bible of Artemas Heywood,  now  in the possession of Mrs. Lucy  B. Conery, of Medford
P.R.21. -private record, from Bible of Henry Buxton, now  in the possession of Mrs. Lucy B. Conery, of Medford
P.R.22. - private record, from  Bible of  Jonathan Brooks, now  in the custody of Mrs. Sarah Warner Brooks, of Medford
P.R.23.-private  record, from Bible of Rev. Charles Brooks, now  in the custody of Mrs. Sarah Warner  Brooks, of Medford
P.R.24.-private  record, from  Bibles of Dea. John Symmes,   now  in the possession of Miss  Alice Frances Symmes,  of Winchester
P.R.25. - private record, from Symmes Family Record, a  manuscript now in the possession of Miss Alice Frances Symmes,  of Winchester.
P.R.26.-private  record,  from  Bible  of Marshall Symmes,   now  in the possession of Mrs. Oliver Locke  Wellington, of Winchester
P.R.27. - private record, from Bible of John Albert Symmes, now  in the possession of Miss Amelia Maria  Symmes, of Winchester
P.R.28.-private  record, from Bible of Elijah Smith, now  in  the possession of Miss  Amelia  Maria Symmes,  of Winchester
P.R.29. - private record, from Bible of Gardner Fifield, now  in the possession of James Francis Fifield, of Medford
P.R.30. - private record, from Bible of Edward Eells of Hanover,  now in the possession of Miss Mary Smith  Clark, of Medford
P.R.31. - private record, from Bible of Samuel Clark, now  in the possession of Miss Mary Smith Clark, of Medford
P.R.32.-private  record, from Bible of Elisha Livermore  Tainter, now  in the possession of Mrs. J. W.  Smith, of Medford
P.R.33.-private  record, from Bible of John Sparrell, now  in the  possession of Miss Emeline Augusta Sparrell, of Medford
P.R.34. - private record, from Bible of Nathan Wait, now  owned  by the children of Nathan W. Wait, of Medford
P.R.35.-private  record, from Bible of Susan Smith Wait, now  owned  by the children of Nathan W. Wait, of Medford
P.R.36. - private record, from Bible of John Howe, now in the possession of Miss Elizabeth W. Howe, of Medford
P.R.37--private  record, from   Bible of  Abner  S. Crooker, now  owned  by  William J. Crooker, of Natick
P.R-38. - private record, from Bible of William Fernald, of Charlestown, containing a record of the Teel family, now in the possession of Edward W. Teel, of Medford
P.R.39. - private record, from Bible of Henry Burridge, now  in the possession of Mrs. Henry Burridge, of Medford
P.R.40. - private record, from a copy of the Reed Family  Bible, now in the possession of the Medford Historical Society, Medford
P.R.41. - private record, from Bible of Pyam Gushing, now  in the possession of Mrs. Phoebe Gushing, of Medford
P.R.42. - private record, from ledgers and day-books of  Gov. John   Brooks,  M.D.,  1787-1816, now owned  by Daniel N. Howard,  of Medford.   Also a  day-book, 1808-1809, now in the possession of  Edward  W.  Mitchell, of Medford
P.R.43.-private  record, from   Bible of  Benjamin Wellington, now in the possession of James Everett Wellington, of Medford
P.R.44. - private record, from an account book kept by  Aaron  Blanchard, 1827-1847, now  in the possession of the Medford Historical Society, Medford
P.R.45. -private  record, from  statements made by Civil War Veterans or their families, now deposited in the Armory, Medford
P.R.46. - private record, from the diary kept by Chief Justice Samuel Sewell, now in the possession of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston
prob. - probably
rec. - recorded
s. - son
Sr. - senior
U.R. - Undertakers' Returns
w. - wife; week
wid. - widow
widr. - widower
y. - year
1st. - first
2d. - second
3d. - third

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