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Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 


Vital Records of Reading, Massachusetts to the Year 1850

Compiled by Thomas W. Baldwin, A.B., S.B., member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Boston, Mass., 1912.

Number of Births printed  . . . . . .   8,639
Marriages. . .  .  . . . . . . . . . .  2,942 X 2 = 5,884 names
Deaths .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . .   2,711
                                        17,234 total

Boston: Wright & Potter Printing Company, 18 Post Office Square.

A part of Lynn was established as Reading May 29, 1644. "Linn Village shall be called Redding" (Mass. Records, Vol.11, P. 73).
October 14, 1651, land was granted to Reading.
June 3, 1727, a part of Maiden was annexed.
September 25, 1730, a part was included in the new town of Wilmington.
December 21, 1734, a part was annexed to Stoneham.
February 25, 1812, the First or South Parish was established as South Reading (now Wakefield).
June 16, 1813, a part of South Reading was annexed.
March 22, 1853, a part was established as the town of

NORTH READING.
Population  by   Census : 1765 (Prov.), 1,530;
1776 (Prov.), 1,984; 1790 (U.S.), 1,802;
1800 (U.S.), 2,025; 1810 (U.S.), 2,228;
1820 (U.S.), 2,7975 1830 (U.S.), 1,806;
1840 (U.S.), 2,193; 1850 (U.S.), 3,108;
1855 (State), 2,522; 1860 (U.S.), 2,662 ;
1865 (State), 2,436; 1870 (U.S.), 2,664;
1875 (State), 3.186; 1880 (U.S.), 3,181;
1885 (State), 3,539; 1890 (U.S.), 4,088;
1895 (State), 4,717; 1900 (U.S.), 4,969;
1905  (State)     5,682;      1910  (U.S.),     5,818.

EXPLANATIONS.
1. When places other than Reading and Massachusetts are named in the original records they are given in the printed record.
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 may be found under different spellings.
4. Marriages are printed under the names of both parties. When 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.
ABBREVIATIONS.
a. - age; aged
abt. - about
b. - born
bp. - baptized
ch. - child
C.R.I. - church record, Congregational Church, North Reading
C.R.2. - church record, Congregational Church, Reading
C.R.3- - church record, Baptist Church, North Reading
d. - daughter; died; day
Dea. - deacon
dec. - deceased
dup. - duplicate entry
G.R.1. - grave record, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Reading
G.R.2. - grave record, Park Street Cemetery, North Reading
G.R.3. - grave record, Riverside Cemetery, North Reading
G.R.4. - grave record, Chestnut Street Cemetery, North Reading
h. - husband; hours
inf. - infant
int. - publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. - Junior
m. - month
Md. - married
M.R. - Middlesex court record
prob. - probably
s. - son
Sr. - Senior
T.C. - from town copy
Unm. - unmarried
w. - wife
W.G.R. - Wakefield grave record
wid. - widow
widr. - widower
y. - year


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