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Vital Records of Wakefield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850



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

Boston, Mass. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1912. 

Gift of Winifred Lovering Holman (Mrs. Frank Riley Dodge) 1976
Boston, Mass. Wright and Potter Printing Company, 18 Post Office Square.


February 25, 1812, the First or South Parish of Reading
was established as the town of South Reading.
June 16, 1813, a part of South Reading was annexed to
Reading.
April 5, 1856, a part of Stoneham was annexed to South
Reading.
February 25, 1868, the name of the town was changed to
Wakefield.
March 13, 1889, a part of Stoneham was annexed to Wake-
field. 

Population  by Census:
1830 (U.S.),  1,311;  1840 (U.S.),  1,517;
1850 (U.S.),  2,407;  1855 (State), 2,758;
1860 (U.S.),  3,207;  1865 (State), 3,244;
1870 (U.S.),  4,135;  1875 (State), 5,349;
1880 (U.S.),  5,547;  1885 (State), 6,060;
1890 (U.S.),  6,982;  1895 (State), 8,304;
1900 (U.S.),  9,290;  1905 (State), 10,268;
1910 (U. S.), 11,404.

EXPLANATIONS.
1. When places other than Wakefield or 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 has its 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 the entries of the record, is bracketed.

ABBREVIATIONS
a. - age; aged
abt. - about
b. - born
bp. - baptized
bur. - buried
ch. - child
C. R. - church record, Congregational Church
d. - daughter; died; day
Dea. - Deacon
dec. - deceased
dup. - duplicate entry
G. R. 1. -grave record, Old Cemetery, formerly Town Buryin
Ground
G. R. 2. - grave record, Lakeside Cemetery
G. R. 3. - grave record, Jewish Cemetery
h. - husband; hours
inf. - infant
int. - publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. - Junior
m. - month
Md. - married
prob. - probably
s. - son
Sr. - Senior
T. C. - from Town copy
Unm. - unmarried
w. - wife
wid. - widow
widr. - widower
y. - year

Number of Births printed............4,382
Marriages ..........................1,316 X 2 = 2,632 names
Deaths..............................2,188
                                    9,202 total

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