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Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850


Vital Records of Scituate, Massachusetts to the Year 1850

Published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society
at the Charge of the Eddy Town-Record Fund

Boston, Mass.,1909

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
C. B. Tillinghast
Francis Everett Blake
Charles Knowles Bolton
Don Gleason Hill 
Edmund Dana Barbour 
Editor, F. Apthorp Foster

Stanhope Press
F. H. Gilson Company
Boston, U.S.A.

THE TOWN OF SCITUATE, Plymouth County, was established July 1, 1633, from
common land.
March 7, 1643, bounds were established.
June 14, 1727, a part of Scituate was included in the new town of Hanover.
November 8, 1782, bounds between Scituate and Marsh field were established.
March 10, 1788, a part of Scituate was annexed to Marshfield.
June 14, 1823, a part of Scituate was annexed toCohasset.
March 20, 1840, bounds between Scituate and Cohasset were established and a part of each town was annexed to the other town.
February 14, 1849, a Part of Scituate was established as South Scituate.

 Population by Census: 1765 (Prov.), 2488;
 1776 (Prov.), 2672; 1790 (U.S.), 2856;
 1800 (U.S.),  2728; 1810 (U.S.), 2969;
 1820 (U.S.),  3305; 1830 (U.S.), 3468;
 1840 (U.S.),  3886; 1850 (U.S.), 2149;
 1855 (State), 2269; 1860 (U.S.), 2227;
 1865 (State), 2269; 1870 (U.S.), 2350;
 1875 (State), 2463; 1880 (U.S.), 2466;
 1885 (State), 2350; 1890 (U.S.), 2318;
 1895 (State), 2246; 1900 (U.S.), 2470;
 1905 (State), 2597.

EXPLANATIONS
 1. WHEN places other than Scituate 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. 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, i.e. any explanation, query, inference, or difference shown in other entries of the record, is bracketed.
Parentheses are used to show the difference 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 - such as the birthplace of a parent in late records.

ABBREVIATIONS
a. - age
dbt. - about
b, - born
ch. - child
chn. - children
Co. - county
C.R.1. - church record, First Parish, and records from Rev. John Lothrop's original manuscript
C.R.2.- church record, Second Church of Scituate, now the First Unitarian Church of Norwell
C.R.3. - church record, Trinitarian Congregational Church
C.R.4. - records of the Society of Friends of Pembroke, now in the possession of the Society at New Bedford
d.- daughter; died; day
Dea. - deacon
dup, -duplicate entry
G.R.1. - gravestone record, First Parish Cemetery, Meeting House Lane, now Prospect Street, Scituate Harbor
G.R.2.- gravestone record, Groveland Cemetery, North Scituate
G.R.3- gravestone record, Judge Cushing's Cemetery, Greenbush
G.R.4.- gravestone record, Hatch Burying Ground, Greenbush
G.R.5. - gravestone record, James Burying Ground, Greenbush
G.R.6.- gravestone record, Union Street Cemetery, Scituate Harbor
G.R.7.- gravestone record, Fairview Cemetery, Scituate Centre
G.R.8. - gravestone record, Mt. Hope Cemetery, North Scituate
G.R.9. - gravestone record, Town Burying Ground, Scituate Centre
G.R.10. - gravestone record, Catholic Cemetery, Scituate Harbor
G.R.11.- gravestone record, Kilborn Merritt Cemetery, North Scituate
G.R.12.- gravestone record, Clapp Burying Ground, Greenbush
G.R.13- gravestone record, Second Church Cemetery, Norwell
G.R.14.- gravestone record, South Parish Cemetery, Norwell
G.R.15.- gravestone record, Church Hill Cemetery, Norwell
G.R.16.- gravestone record, Stockbridge Cemetery, Norwell
G.R.17- gravestone record, Bowker Street Cemetery, Norwell
G.R.18.- gravestone record, Damon Cemetery, Norwell
G.R.19.- gravestone record, Washington Street Cemetery, Norwell
G.R.20.- gravestone record, Quaker Cemetery, Norwell
G.R.21.- gravestone record, Otis Cemetery, Norwell
h. - husband
hrs. - hours
inf. - infant
int. - publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. - junior
m. - married; month
min. - minutes
P.C.R. - Plymouth County Record
P.R.1. - private record, from Little family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Edwin O. Stoddard of North Scituate
P.R.2. - private record, from Merritt family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Sarah Lewis of West Duxbury
P.R.3.- private record, from Kent Account Book, now in the possession of Frank Keene of East Pembroke
P.R.4.- private record, from Brooks-Delano Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Arthur L. Power of Norwell
P.R.5.- private record, from Charles Foster's Register, now in the possession of Mrs. Arthur L. Power of Norwell
P.R.6. - private record, from Litchfield family Bible, now in the possession of Parker R. Litchfield of Medford
P.R.7.- private record, from Wellington family Bible, now in the possession of James E. Wellington of Medford
P.R.8.- private record, from sheet of paper of Copeland family in Eells family Bible, now in the possession of Miss Mary Smith Clark of Medford
P.R.9.- private record, from Clapp family Bible, now in the possession of Alfred Clapp of North Scituate
P.R.10.- private record, from Bailey Family Chart, now in the possession of Miss Sarah Tilden Bailey of North Scituate
P.R.11. - private record, from Bailey family Bible, now in the possession of Miss Sarah Tilden Bailey of North Scituate
P.R.12.- private record, from Barnes family Bible, now in the possession of Israel Barnes of North Scituate
P.R.13.- private record, from Clapp family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Mandana Morris of North Scituate
P.R.14. - private record, from a Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Charles H. Killam of Assinippi
P.R.15. - private record, from private papers, now in the possession of Mrs. Charles H. Killam of Assinippi
P.R.16.- private record, from Glines family Bible, now in the possession of Henry H. Sylvester of North Scituate
P.R.17. - private record, from Jenkins family record, now in the possession of Mrs. Julia E. Fitts of Greenbush
P.R.18. - private record, from Litchfield family Bible, now in the possession of Henry T. Bailey
P.R.19. - private record, from Merritt family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. David H. Stoddard of North Hanover
P.R.20. - private record, from Ripley family record, now in the possession of Miss Sarah Tilden Bailey of North Scituate
P.R.21.- private record, from Studley family Bible, now in the possession of Miss Deborah Nash Studley
 of North Scituate
P.R.22.- private record, from Sylvester family Bible, now in the possession of Henry H. Sylvester of North Scituate
P.R.23.- private record, from Stoddard family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. David H. Stoddard of North Hanover
P.R.24.- private record, from Torrey family Bible, now in the possession of George Otis Torrey of Norwell
P.R.25.- private record, from Bible of Abial Turner, now in the possession of George C. Turner of Norwell
P.R.26.- private record, from Vinal family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Eliza (Vinal) Wade of Greenbush
P.R.27. - private record, from family records now in the possession of Mrs. Sarah Tilden Bailey of North Scituate
P.R.28.- private record, from Wade family Bible, now in the possession of Jetson Wade of Greenbush
P.R.29.- private record, from Diary of Dea. Israel Litchfield, now in the possession of the New England Historic Genealogical Society of Boston
rec. - recorded
s. - son
Sr. - senior
w.--wife; week
wid. - widow
widr. - widower
y. - year


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