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Vital Records of Tisbury, Massachusetts to the Year 1850

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

Boston, Mass. 1910

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
Henry Winchester Cunningham
Francis Everett Blake
Charles Knowlton Bolton
Don Gleason Hill
Edmund Dana Barbour

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

THE TOWN OF TISBURY, County of Dukes County, formerly known as Middletowne, was established July 8, 1671, from common land, and the name was then changed.
  November 8, 1709, bounds were established.
  February 5, 1830, bounds between Tisbury and Edgartown were established.

    Population by Census: 1765 (Prov.), 739;
     1776 (Prov.), 1033;  1790 (U.S.), 1142;
     1800 (U.S.),  1092;  1810 (U.S.), 1202;
     1820 (U.S.),  1223;  1830 (U.S.), 1317;
     1840 (U.S.),  1520;  1850 (U.S.), 1803;
     1855 (State), 1827;  1860 (U.S.), 1631;
     1865 (State), 1698;  1870 (U.S.), 1536;
     1875 (State), 1525;  1880 (U.S.), 1518;
     1885 (State), 1541;  1890 (U.S.), 1506;
     1895 (State), 1002;  1900 (U.S.), 1149;
     1905 (State), 1120.

EXPLANATIONS
  1. WHEN places other than Tisbury 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
abt. - about
b. - born
ch. - child
chn. - children
Co. - county
C.R. - church record, Congregational
d. - daughter; died; day
D.R. - Dukes County record, Court of Common Pleas
Dea. - deacon
dup. - duplicate entry
G.R.1. - gravestone record, Village Cemetery, West Tisbury
G.R.2. - gravestone record, Lamberts Cove Cemetery, West Tisbury
G.R.3. - gravestone record, Middletown Cemetery, West Tisbury
G.R.4. - gravestone record, Village Cemetery, Vineyard Haven
G.R.5. - gravestone record, Oak Grove Cemetery, Vineyard Haven
G.R.6. - gravestone record, Company Place Cemetery, Vineyard Haven
G.R.7. - gravestone record, West Chop Cemetery, Vineyard Haven
G.R.8. - gravestone record, Cemetery near United States Marine Hospital, Vineyard Haven
G.R.9. - gravestone record, Graves near Pumping Station, Vineyard Haven
h. - husband
hrs. - hours
inf. - infant
int. - publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. - junior
m. - married; month
min. - minutes
P.R.1. - private record, from Bible now in the possession
    of William H. Vincent of West Tisbury
P.R.2. - private record, from Family Record now in the
    possession of John Pease of West Tisbury
P.R.3. - private record, from Family Record now in the
    possession of Mrs. Benjamin Chase of West Tisbury
P.R.4. - private record, from Family Records now in the
    possession of Mrs. Eliza Ann Look of West Tisbury
P.R.5. - private record, from Bible now in the possession of
    Miss Mary S. Look of West Tisbury
P.R.6. - private record, from Bible now in the possession of
    Frank W. Chase of West Tisbury
P.R.7. - private record, from Bible now in the possession of
    Mrs. Olive P. Vincent of Edgartown
P.R.8. - private record, from Family Records now in the
    possession of Bartimus Luce of West Tisbury
P.R.9. - private record, from Family Record  now in the
    possession of Mrs. Eliza Ann Look of West Tisbury
P.R.10. - private record, from Family Record now in the
    possession of Mrs. Betsey F. Athearn of West Tisbury
P.R.11. - private record, from Bible now in the possession of
    Mrs. James  F. Cleaveland of West Tisbury
P.R.12. - private record, from Family Record now  in the
    possession of Mrs. Sarah Manter of West Tisbury
P.R. 13. - private record, from Family Record now in the
    possession of Mrs. Daniel C. Look of West Tisbury
P.R.14. - private record, from records now in the possession of
     William J. Rotch, Esq., of West Tisbury
prob. - probably
rec. - recorded
s. - son
Sr. - senior
w. - wife; week
wid. - widow
widr. - widower
y. - year

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