Vital Records of the Town of Newton, Massachusetts to the
Published by the
New England Historic Genealogical Society,
at the charge of the
Eddy Town-Record Fund
Boston, Mass., 1905
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. TILLINGHAST, FRANCIS EVERETT BLAKE,
CHARLES KNOWLES BOLTON, DON GLEASON HILL,
EDMUND DANA BARBOUR.
HENRY ERNEST WOODS.
H. GILSON COMPANY
THE TOWN OF NEWTON, Middlesex County, was established December 15, 1691, from the
town of Cambridge Village, sometimes called Little Cambridge.
June 21, 1803, an island in Charles River was annexed to Newton.
April 23, 1838, a part of Newton was annexed to Roxbury.
April 16, 1849, a part of Newton was annexed to Waltham.
The town of Newton was incorporated as a city in 1873.
Population by Census : 1765 (Prov.), 1308;
1776 (Prov.), 1625; 1790 (U. S.), 1360;
1800 (U. S.), 1491; 1810 (U. S.), 1709;
1820 (U.S.), 1850; 1830 (U.S.), 2376;
1840 (U. S.), 3351 ;1850 (U. S.), 5258;
1855 (State), 6768; 1860 (U. S.), 8382;
1865 (State), 8975; 1870 (U.S.), 12825;
1875 (State), 16105;1880 (U.S.), 16995;
1885 (State), 19759;1890 (U.S.), 24379;
1895 (State), 27590;1900 (U.S.), 33587.
1. WHEN places other than Newton 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,
but the full information concerning each party is given only in the entry under
his or her name. 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,1,e.,
any explanation, query, inference, or difference shown in other entries of the record,
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.
6. In 1853 the town appointed a committee to collect vital records, which were added
to a copy of the existing records. Entries in this copy, not found in the original
records, are desig-
nated with a dagger.
a, — age
abt. — about
b. — born
bp. — baptized
eh. — child
chn. — children
Co, — county
C.R.1. — church record, First Congregational, Newton Centre
C.R.2. — church record, Second Congregational, West Newton
C.R.3-—church record, Eliot Congregational, Newton
C.R.4. — church record, First Baptist, Newton Centre
C.R.5. — church record, St. Mary's Episcopal, Newton Lower Falls
C.R.6. — church record, First Methodist, Newton Upper Falls
d. — daughter; died; day
Dea. — deacon
dup. — duplicate entry
G.R.1.— gravestone record, Centre Street Cemetery, Newton
G.R.2.— gravestone record, River Street Cemetery, West Newton
G.R.3. — gravestone record, Winchester Street Cemetery, Newton Highlands
G.R-4. — gravestone record, St. Mary's Churchyard, Newton Lower Falls
h. — husband
hrs. — hours
inf. — infant
int.—publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. — junior
m. — married; month
min. — minutes
M.E. — Middlesex County record (East Cambridge)
P.R.1. — private record, from Hyde Diary, 1706-1816, kept by Lieut. William Hyde,
Lieut. Noah Hyde, and Miss Ruth Hyde, now in the possession of the New England Historic
P.R.2. — private record, from an account book kept by Col. Benjamin Hammor.d, 1767-1808,
now in the possession of Frederick Stam Hammond, Oneida, New York
prob. — probably
rec. — recorded
s. — son
Sr. — senior
w. — wife; week
wid. — widow
widr. — widower
y. — year
1st. — first
2d. — second
3d. — third