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Vital Records of Wenham, Massachusetts to the Year 1850

Published by the Essex Institute
Salem, Mass., 1904

Newcomb & Gauss
Salem, Massachusetts

The  following records of births, marriages and deaths include all entries to be found in the books of record kept by the town clerks ; in the church records; in the returns made to the Salem Quarterly Court; in the cemetery inscriptions; and in several private records found in family Bibles. These records are printed in a condensed form in which every essential particular has been preserved.  All duplication of the town clerk's record has been eliminated, but differences in entry and other explanatory matter appear in brackets. Parentheses are used when  they occur in the original record; also to show the difference in the spelling of a name in the same entry and to indicate the maiden name of a wife.
  When  places other than Wenham and Massachusetts are named in the original records, they are given in the printed copy. Marriages and  intentions of marriage are  printed under the names  of both parties. Double-dating is used in the months of January, February and March, prior to 1752, whenever it appears in the original and also whenever from the sequence of entry in the original the date may be easily determined. In all records the original spelling of names is followed, and in the alphabetical arrangement  the various forms should be  examined, as items about the same family may be found under different spellings.

  The  first settlers, as early as 1638, gave the name of Enon to this territory which was originally a part of Salem. The General Court on September 7, 1643, ordered " that Enon shalbe called Wennam. Wennam is granted to bee a towne, & hath liberty to send a deputy."  The present name  is supposed to have been derived from the parish of Wenham, near Ipswich, in Suffolk County, England, from which some of the early settlers are said to have emigrated.

  The  population of Wenham at different periods was as fol-
lows :
    1765,564.          1800,476.           1840,689.
    1776,638.          1810,554.           1850,977.
    1790,502.          1820,572.           1900,847.

 C. R.-church record.
 CT. R.-court record, Essex Co. Quarterly Court.
 d.-daughter ; day; died.
 dup.-duplicate entry.
 G. R. 1. -gravestone record, Old Cemetery.
 G. R. 2.-gravestone record, Fairfield Burying Ground.
 int.-intention of marriage.
 m.-male  ; married; month.
 P. R. 1. -Record from family register, now in possession of Mrs. Lydia E. Jones.
 P. R. 2.-Record from sampler wrought by Sally Lee Dodge, now in possession of the widow of Daniel E. Homan.
 P. R. 3.-Bible record belonging to Theodore Dodge  of Tarnworth, N. H., now in possession of Miss Bessie F. Dodge.
 P. R. 4.-Record from sampler wrought by Mary Ann Dodge, now in possession of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Ann Stanley.
 P. R. 5.-Record now in possession of Benjamin H. Conant.
 P. R. 6.-Bible record now in possession of John W. Higgins.
P. R. 7.-Bible record now in possession of John K. Dodge.
P. R. 8.-Bible record now in possession of George Eustis Perkins.
P. R. 9.-Bible record now in possession of Miss Martha Dodge.
P. R. 10.-Bible record  now  in possession of Miss Frances E. Dodge.
wid. -widow.

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