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Vital Records of New Bedford, Massachusetts 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. 1932..

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
George Andrew Moriarty
Hosea Starr Ballou
John Wallace Suter
Alfred Johnson
Walter Kendall Watkins

Henry Edwards Scott, Editor
Florence Conant Howes, Assistant Editor in charge of Vital Records.     

Haver Hill, Mass. Recording Publishing Co.

THE TOWN OF NEW BEDFORD, Bristol County, was established February 23, 1787, from the easterly part of Dartmouth. February 22, 1812, a part was set off as the new town of Fairhaven. February 19, 1831, bounds between Dartmouth and New Bedford were established. March 20, 1845, a part of Dartmouth was annexed. The town of New Bedford was incorporated as a city in 1847.

 

Population by Census: 1790 (U.S.),    3313;
 1800 (U.S.),    4361; 1810 (U.S.),   5651;
 1820 (U.S.),    3947; 1830 (U.S.),   7592;
 1840 (U.S.),   12087; 1850 (US.),   16443;
 1855 (State),  20389; 1860 (U.S.),  22300;
 1865 (State),  20853; l870 (U.S.),  21320;
 1875 (State),  25895; 1880 (U.S.),  26845;
 1885 (State),  33393; 1890 (U.S.),  40733;
 1895 (State),  55251; 1900 (U.S.),  62442;
 1905 (State),  74362; 1910 (U.S.),  96652;
 1915 (State), 109568; 1920 (U.S.), 120485;
 1925 (State), 119539; 1930 (U.S.), 112597.

EXPLANATIONS                
  1. The fact that a birth, marriage, or death is recorded in New Bedford does not prove that it occurred there, unless it is so stated in the record. When places other than New Bedford and Massachusetts are named in the original records, they are given as they appear there; but when New Bedford is named, the initial letters only are 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, 1. 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 sep-
arate clauses in the original text.
 7. Items marked with a dagger (†) are abridged abstracts copied into the town books from the records of the Friends Monthly Meeting.

ABBREVIATIONS
a. - age
abt. - about
b. - born
bp. - baptized
bur. - buried
CEM. R. - records taken from an old book containing desultory
 items of gravestone inscriptions
ch. - child
chn. - children
C.R.1. - church record, First Congregational Church (Unitarian)
C.R.2. - church record, North Congregational Church
C.R.3. - church record, Records of the Society of Friends, New Bedford Monthly Meeting- These have been used to correct or add to the abstracts of these records made by one of the town clerks in the town books
C.R.4. - church record, First Baptist Church
C.R.5. - church record, Methodist Society on Elm Street (now merged as Trinity Crurch)
C.R.6. - church record, Grace Episcopal Church
C.R.7. - church record, Trinitarian Church (now merged in "The United Church")
Co. - county
d. - daughter; day; died
Dea. - deacon
dec'd - deceased
dup. - duplicate entry
Eld. - Elder
enl. - enlisted
Ens. - Ensign
G.R.1. - gravestone record, Rural Cemetery, New Bedford
G.R.2. - gravestone record, Friends' Burying Ground, adjoining the old part of Rural Cemetery
G.R.3. - gravestone record, Oak Grove Cemetery, New Bedford
G.R.4. - gravestone record, Griffin Street Cemetery, New Bedford
G.R.5. - gravestone record, Congregational Church Cemetery, Lund's Corner, New Bedford
G.R.6. - gravestone record, Peckham West Cemetery, Mount Pleasant Street, New Bedford
G.R.7. - gravestone record, Nye Family Burying Ground, Nye's Lane, New Bedford
G.R.8. - gravestone record, Tobey Family Burying Ground, Sassaquin, New Bedford
G.R.9. - gravestone record, Pine Grove Cemetery, New Bedford
G.R.10.- gravestone record, private Burying Ground, on the farm formerly owned by John W. Gifford, Shawmut Avenue, New Bedford
G.R.11. - gravestone record, from "New Bedford of the Past" by Daniel Ricketson, page 183
G.R.12.- gravestone record, Ashley Cemetery, Shawmut Avenue, North Dartmouth
G.R.13.- gravestone record, Ashley Family Burying Ground, Shawmut Avenue, North Dartmouth
G.R.14. - gravestone record, Rogers Family Burying Ground, near High Hill Reservoir, North Dartmouth
G.R.15. - gravestone record, a single grave on the farm of Miss Emma G. Casey, Hathaway Road, New Bedford
G.R.16.- gravestone record, private burying ground off the north part of Rockdale Avenue, New Bedford
h. - hours; husband
inf. - infant
int. - publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. - junior
Lt. - Lieutenant
m. - marriage; married; month
min. - minutes
N. B. - New Bedford when it appears alone; New Brunswick when it follows the name of a town
N.R. - newspaper record, occasional items from New Bedford newspapers to fill in illegible portions of gravestone inscriptions
P.R.1. - private record, from a memorial inscription in the History of New Bedford by Daniel Ricketson, page 182
P.R.2. - private record, from a Taber-Alien family Bible, now in the possession of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society
P.R.3. - private record, from a Russell family Bible, now in the possession of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society
P.R.4. - private record, from a loose leaf, now in the possession of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society
P.R.5. - private record, from the Nathaniel Pope family Bible, now in the possession of Miss Alice Fish of Fairhaven
P.R.6. - private record, from a diary (printed) of Joseph R. Anthony of New Bedford
P.R.7. - private record, from the Josiah Wood family Bible, now in the possession of Miss Lucy Fessenden Pope of New Bedford
P.R.8. - private record, from a Russell-Taber family Bible, now in the possession of Francis Russell Hart of Boston
P.R.9. - private record, from the Charles Russell family Bible, now in the possession of Charles Russell Price of New Bedford
P.R.10. - private record, from the Oliver Price family Bible, now in the possession of Charles Russell Price of New Bedford
P.R.11. - private record, from a Seabury family Bible, now in the possession of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society
P.R.12. -private record, from the John Wood Jr. family Bible, now in the possession of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society
P.R.13. - private record, from the Otis N. Pierce family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Frank H. Gifford of New Bedford
P.R.14. - private record, from the William B. Bennett family Bible, now in the possession of William W. Thatcher of North Dartmouth
P.R.15. - private record, from an Adams family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Nathaniel C. Smith of New Bedford
P.R.16. - private record, from the William Gordon family Bible, now in the possession of William Gordon of New Bedford
P.R.17. - private record, from the Reuben Russell family Bible, now in the possession of Edmund Wood of New Bedford
P.R.18. - private record, from the Thomas Wood family Bible, now in the possession of Edmund Wood of New Bedford
P.R.19. - private record, from the John A. Delano family Bible, now in the possession of Miss Alice Wood of New Bedford
P.R.20. - private record, from the Frederick Rowland family Bible, now in the possession of Miss Alice Wood of New Bedford
P.R.21. - private record, from the Benjamin Cummings family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Charles D. Prescott of New Bedford
P.R.22. - private record, from the Joseph Brownell family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Eliot D. Stetson of New Bedford
P.R.23. - private record, from the Jonathan Smith family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Horatio C. Allen of New Bedford
P.R.24. - private record, from a Thornton-Allen family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Otis N. Pierce of New Bedford
P.R.25. - private record, from the Gideon Howland family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Otis N. Pierce of New Bedford
P.R.26. - private record, from the Elisha Thornton family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Otis N. Pierce of New Bedford
P.R.27. - private record, from the William Tucker family Bible, now in the possession of Arthur L. Tucker of New Bedford
P.R.28. - private record, from the Jabez Gibbs family Bible, now in the possession of Miss Harriet S. Damon of New
 Bedford
P.R.29. - private record, from the Henry Phillips Willis family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Florence B. Cashman of Fall River
P.R.30. - private record, from two John Spare family Bibles, now in the possession of Miss S. Flora Spare of New Bedford
P.R.31. - private record, from the William H. Reynard family Bible, now in the possession of Walter Thomas Almy of New Bedford
P.R.32. - private record, from a Norris family Bible, now in the possession of Thomas Lee Norris of New Bedford
P.R.33. - private record, from the Edward S. Tripp family Bible, now in the possession of Miss Alice H. Tripp of New Bedford
P.R.34. - private record, from the Edmund Freeman family Bible, now in the possession of Miss Lucy B. Fish of New Bedford
P.R.35. - private record, from the Samuel Waggoner family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. William Emery Hathaway of New Bedford
P.R.36. - private record, from a Tripp-Briggs family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Benjamin A. Tripp of New Bedford
P.R.37. - private record, from the Henry Soule family Bible, now in the possession of Frederick L. Soule of New Bedford
P.R.38. - private record, from the John Arnold Macomber family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. A. Martin Pierce of New Bedford
P.R.39. - private record, from the Peleg Pease family Bible, now in the possession of Zephaniah W. Pease of New Bedford
P.R.40. - private record, from the Samuel Watson family Bible, now in the possession of Miss Elizabeth Watson of New Bedford
P.R.41. - private record, from the diary (printed) of Samuel Rodman of New Bedford
P.R.42. - private record, from a copy of a record of the Abraham Gifford family, now in the possession of the New England Historic Genealogical Society
P.R.43. - private record, from two Joseph Howland family records, now in the possession of Charles Eliot Goodspeed of Boston
P.R.44. - private record, from the Philip Bennett Cook family Bible, now in the possession of Daniel Herbert Cook of New Bedford
qv. - which see; whom see
rec. - recorded
S. - son
Sr. - Senior
w. - week; wife
wid. - widow
widr. - widower
y. - year

 

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