Vital Records of Reading, Massachusetts to the Year 1850
Compiled by Thomas W. Baldwin, A.B., S.B., member of the New England Historic
Boston, Mass., 1912.
Number of Births
printed . . . . . . 8,639
Marriages. . . . . .
. . . . . . . . 2,942 X 2 = 5,884 names
Deaths . . .
. . . . . . . .
Boston: Wright & Potter Printing Company, 18 Post Office
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.
25, 1730, a part was included in the new town of Wilmington.
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
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;
(State) 5,682; 1910
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
3. The various spellings of a name should be examined, as items
about the same family or individual may be found under different
4. Marriages are printed under the names of both parties. When a
marriage appears without the intention recorded, it is designated with an
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.
a. - age;
abt. - about
b. - born
bp. - baptized
ch. - child
church record, Congregational Church, North Reading
C.R.2. - church record,
Congregational Church, Reading
C.R.3- - church record, Baptist Church, North
d. - daughter; died; day
Dea. - deacon
dec. - deceased
- duplicate entry
G.R.1. - grave record, Laurel Hill Cemetery,
G.R.2. - grave record, Park Street Cemetery, North Reading
- grave record, Riverside Cemetery, North Reading
G.R.4. - grave record,
Chestnut Street Cemetery, North Reading
h. - husband; hours
int. - publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. - Junior
Md. - married
M.R. - Middlesex court record
s. - son
Sr. - Senior
T.C. - from town copy
w. - wife
W.G.R. - Wakefield grave record
widr. - widower
y. - year