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Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850


Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850

Published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society
at the Robert Henry Eddy Memorial Rooms
at the charge of the Eddy Town-Record Fund

Boston, Mass. 1925

THIS publication is issued under the authority of a vote passed by the NEW ENGLAND HISTORIC GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, November 6, 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
James Parker Parmenter
Alfred Johnson
Hosea Starr Ballou
G. Andrews Moriarty, Jr.
J. Gardner Bartlett
John Wallace Suter
Henry Edwards Scott, Editor
               
Boston, Wright & Potter Printing Company, 32 Derne

THE TOWN OF  NANTUCKET, Nantucket County, was originally called "Nantuckett," but the name was changed by the Province of New York, to which it belonged, June 27,1687." to be called by the Name of the Trustees of the Freeholders & Comonalty of the Towne of Sharbom."
  In 1692 the island of Nantucket was granted to the Province of Massachusetts Bay.
  June 8, 1713, the island of Tuckannock was granted to Nantucket [sic].
  June 8, 1795, the name was changed from "Sherburn" to Nantucket.             

Population by Census: 1765 (Prov.), 3320;
      1776  (Prov.),4412;   1790 (U.S.), 4620;
      1800  (U.S.), 5617;   1810 (U.S.), 6807;
      1820  (U.S.), 7266;   1830 (U.S.), 7202;
      1840  (U.S.), 9012;   1850 (U.S.), 8452;
      1855 (State), 8064;   1860 (U.S.), 6094;
      1865 (State), 4748;   1870 (U.S.), 4123;
      1875 (State), 3201;   1880 (U.S.), 3727;
      1885 (State), 3142;   1890 (U.S.), 3268;
      1895 (State), 3016;   1900 (U.S.), 3006;
      1905 (State), 2930;   1910 (U.S.), 2962;
      1915 (State), 3166;   1920 (U.S.), 2797.

EXPLANATIONS
  1.The fact that a birth, marriage, or death is recorded in Nantucket does not prove that it occurred there, unless it is so stated in the record. When places other than Nantucket and Massachusetts are named in the original records, they are given as they appear there; but when Nantucket is named, the initial letter only is used, except in unusual phrases.
  2. In all items from town records the original spelling is followed, and no attempt is made to correct errors appearing in the records.
  3. A baptism is not printed, if it occurs within one year after the recorded date of birth of a child of the same name and parents or if it is clear that the child baptized is identical with
the child of the birth record; but variations found in the baptismal record are added to the birth record.
  4. The birth of a married woman is recorded under her maiden name, if it is known. But if the maiden name cannot be determined, the entry appears under the husband's name,
with a dash enclosed in brackets, i.e., [—], to signify that the maiden name is unknown. If it is not known whether the surname is that of a married or unmarried woman, " ? m." is placed in brackets after the Christian name.
  5. Marriages and intentions of marriage 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 being recorded, it is designated with an asterisk.
  6. 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 to show variations in the spelling of a name in the same entry, to indicate the maiden name of a wife, to enclose an imperfect portion of the original text, and to
separate clauses in the original text.

ABBREVIATIONS
a. — age
abt. — about
b. — born
B.C.M. — Bristol County Marriages, returns from Dartmouth and New Bedford
bp. — baptized
bur. — buried
C.R.1. — church record, First Congregational Church
C.R.2. — church record, South Congregational Church
C.R.3. — church record, First Methodist Episcopal Church
C.R.4. — church record, Society of Friends
ch. — child
chn. — children
Co. — county
d. — daughter; day; died
Dea. — deacon
dec'd — deceased
dup. — duplicate entry
Eld. — Elder
Ens. — Ensign
G.R.1.— gravestone record, Old North Cemetery, Grove Lane
G.R.2. — gravestone record, New North Cemetery
G.R.3. — gravestone record, Prospect Hill Cemetery, Milk and
    Mount Vernon Streets
G.R.4. — gravestone record, Old South Cemetery, near Atlantic
    Avenue
G.R.5. — gravestone record, Friends' Cemetery, Saratoga Street
    and Madaket Road
G.R.6. — gravestone record, Colored Cemetery, near Old Mill
h. — hours; husband
inf. — infant
int. — publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. — junior
Lt. — Lieutenant
m.— married; month
mar. — marriage
min. — minutes
N. — Nantucket
N.C.R. — Nantucket Court Records
P.R.1. — private record, from a record furnished by Samuel W.
    Comstock of Wellesley
P.R.2. — private record, from a record furnished by Miss Susan
    Wyer Haggerty of Boston
P.R.3. — private record, from the Zophar Haden family Bible
    in the possession (1911) of Arthur Howard Churchill of
    Montclair, N. J.
P.R.4. — private record, from an old Nantucket family Bible
    in the possession (1911) of James L. Hammond of Matta-
    poisett
P.R.5. — private record, from the George F. Joy family Bible
    in the possession (1911) of Mrs. Charles A. Sawyer of
    Nantucket
P.R.6. — private record, from the Thomas Hussey family Bible
    in the possession (1911) of Mrs. Mary C. Tripp of New
    Bedford
P.R.7. — private record, from the Isaac Myrick family Bible
    in the possession (1911) of Mrs. Edward B. Hussey of
    Nantucket
P.R.8. - private record, from a sampler in the possession of the
    Nantucket Historical Association
P.R.9. — private record, from a sampler in the possession of the
    Nantucket Historical Association
P.R.10. — private record, from a sampler in the possession of
    the Nantucket Historical Association
P.R.11. — private record, from an embroidered mourning piece
    in the possession of the Nantucket Historical Association
P.R.12. — private record, from the George Myrick, Jr., family
    tree in the possession of the Nantucket Historical Associa-
    tion
P.R.13 — private record, from the Benjamin Cartwright family
    tree in the possession of the Nantucket Historical Associa-
    tion
P.R.14. — private record, from the Walter Folger family tree in
    the possession of the Nantucket Historical Association
P.R.15. — private record, from the Alexander Folger family tree
    in the possession of the Nantucket Historical Association
P.R.16.— private record, from the Benjamin Coffin family
    Bible owned by E. B. Coleman, M.D., and in the custody
    (1911) of the Nantucket Historical Association
P.R.17. — private record, from the George Pollard family Bible
    in the possession of the Nantucket Historical Association
P.R.18.— private record, from the family Bible of Adeline
    Fanning in the possession of the Nantucket Historical
    Association
P.R.19. — private record, from the Josiah Gorham family Bible
    in the possession of the Nantucket Historical Association
P.R.20. — private record, from the Jonathan Swain family Bible
    in the possession of the Nantucket Historical Association
P.R.21. — private record, from the Thomas Macy family Bible
    in the possession of the Nantucket Historical Association
P.R.22. — private record, from a sampler in the possession of
    the Nantucket Historical Association
P.R.23. — private record, from a mourning piece in the posses-
    sion of the Nantucket Historical Association
P.R.24. — private record, from the Peleg Brock family Bible in
    the possession (1911) of Albert G. Brock of Nantucket
P.R.25. — private record, from the Joseph Bunker family Bible
    in the possession (1911) of Albert G. Brock of Nantucket
P.R.26.— private record, from the Simeon Coleman family
    Bible in the possession (1911) of Mrs. John W. Cook of
    Nantucket
P.R.27.— private record, from a Plumb family Bible in the
    possession (1911) of Mrs. John W. Cook of Nantucket
P.R.28. — private record, from the Hosier-Austin family Bible
    in the possession (1911) of Mrs. Obed G. Smith of Nan-
    tucket
P.R.29. — private record, from the Simeon Coleman, 2d, family
    Bible in the possession (1911) of Mrs. Obed G. Smith of
    Nantucket
P.R.30. — private record, from the John H. Hosier family Bible
    in the possession (1911) of Mrs. Obed G. Smith of Nan-
    tucket
P.R.31.— private record, from the Timothy Bunker family
    Bible in the possession (1911) of Mrs. Ann M. Bunker of
    Nantucket
P.R.32. — private record, from the Jones-Conant family Bible
    in the possession (1911) of Mrs. Oresta A. B. Tracy of
    Nantucket
P.R.33 — private record, from the Charles C. Morris family
    Bible in the possession (1911) of Lydia C. Cushman of
    Nantucket
P.R.34. — private record, from the Benjamin Gardner, 4th,
    family Bible in the possession (1911) of Miss Helen A.
    Gardner of Nantucket
P.R.35. — private record, from the Charles Macy family Bible
    in the possession (1911) of Miss Helen A. Gardner of Nan-
    tucket
P.R.36. — private record, from the Shubael Folger family Bible
    in the possession (1911) of Miss Mary P. Folger of Nan-
    tucket
P.R.37. — private record, from the Thomas G. Folger family
    record in the possession (1911) of Miss Mary P. Folger of
    Nantucket
P.R.38. — private record, from the William C. Folger genea-
    logical records in the possession of the Nantucket Historical
    Association (This compilation has been used because of
    the valuable clues it affords, but its statements should be
    received with caution, as it is not free from errors. It
    should also be understood that in many instances the
    events recorded did not take place in Nantucket, and in a
    few cases attention has been called to the question of
    residence.)
P.R.39. — private record, from a Bible record of the Alexander
    Ray, 3d, family in the possession (1911) of Miss Martha
    F. Ray of Nantucket
P.R.40. — private record, from a Bible record of the Jonathan
    Ray family in the possession (1911) of Miss Martha F.
    Ray of Nantucket
P.R.41.— private record, from the Lawrence-Swain family
    Bible in the possession of Mrs. Rebecca Holmes of Nan-
    tucket
P.R.42. — private record, from the Barzillai Morselander family
    Bible in the possession (1911) of Mrs. Ann Eliza (Morse-
    lander) Chase of Nantucket
P.R.43. — private record, from a family Bible in the possession
    (1911) of Mrs. Caroline G. Swain of Nantucket
P.R.44. — private record, from the Bible of James Townsend
    in the possession (1911) of James W. Dunham of Nan-
    tucket
P.R.45 — private record, from the Mooers-Macy family Bible
    in the possession (1911) of Mrs. Annie Whitman of New-
    Bedford
P.R.46. — private record, from the Coffin-Dunham family Bible
    in the possession (1911) of Mrs. Cordelia M. Coffin of
    Nantucket
P.R.47 — private record, from the Charles H. Brock family
    Bible in the possession (1911) of Mrs. Ellen H. Coon of
    Nantucket
P.R.48. — private record, from the Robert McCleave family
    Bible in the possession (1911) of Mrs. Arthur H. Gardner
    of Nantucket
P.R.49 — private record, from the Southwerd Jenkins family
    Bible in the possession (1911) of George F. Coffin of Nan-
    tucket
P.R.5o. — private record, from the Joseph Brown family Bible
    in the possession (1911) of Mrs. Arthur H. Gardner of
    Nantucket
P.R.51. — private record, from a Joseph Brown family record
    in the possession of Mrs. Arthur H. Gardner of Nantucket
P.R.52. — private record, from the Bible of Sophia Raymond
    in the possession (1911) of Franklin B. Murphy of Nan-
    tucket
P.R.53.— private record, from the Elihu Coffin family Bible
    in the possession (1911) of Mrs. Martha Hull of Nan-
    tucket
P.R.54. — private record, from the William B. Starbuck family
    Bible in the possession (1911) of Simeon M. Starbuck of
    Nantucket
P.R.55. — private record, from the William Coon family Bible
    in the possession (1911) of Mrs. Ellen H. Coon of Nan-
    tucket
P.R.56.— private record, from the Benjamin Gardner family
    Bible in the possession (1911) of Mrs. Eunice Coffin Brooks
    of Nantucket
P.R.57 — private record, from the William B. Rand family
    Bible in the possession (1911) of Mrs. Eunice Coffin Brooks
    of Nantucket
P.R.58. — private record, from the Paul Pinkham family Bible
    in the possession (1911) of Miss Sarah L. Macy of Nan-
    tucket
P.R.59.— private record, from the Charles W. Macy family
    Bible in the possession (1911) of Miss Sarah L. Macy of
    Nantucket
P.R.60. — private record, from a copy (made in 1851 by Richard
    L. Pease of Edgartown) of memoranda by Obed Macy
P.R.61.— private record, from a copy of a journal kept by
    Obed Macy, communicated by Silvanus J. Macy of New
    York City
P.R.62. — private record, from a copy of a list of deaths in the
    possession of the Nantucket Atheneum
P.R.63. — private record, from a copy of a manuscript kept by
    Hon. Isaac Coffin, Judge of Probate, in the possession of
    the Nantucket Atheneum
P.R.64. — private record, from a copy of notes from the diaries
    of Mrs. Kezia Fanning in the possession of Alexander
    Starbuck of Waltham
P.R.65.— private record, from the family Bible of Zaccheus
    Stanton in the possession (1921) of his granddaughter,
    Mrs. Mirinie Stivers of Liberty, Ind.
P.R.66. — private record, from a certificate in the possession
    (1922) of Mrs. John M. Gries of Cambridge
P.R.67. — private record, from the Francis Swain family Bible
    in the possession (1922) of Mrs. Annie M. (Macy) Chase
    of New Bedford
P.R.68. — private record, from a copy of a record of marriages
    kept by George and Caleb Bunker of Nantucket, justices
    of the peace, printed in THE NEW ENGLAND HISTORICAL
    AND GENEALOGICAL REGISTER, volume 51
q. v. — which see; whom see
rec. — recorded
s. — son
Sr. — senior
w. — week; wife
wid. — widow
widr. — widower
y. — year


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