Vital Records of Westford, Massachusetts to the Year 1850
Published by the Essex Institute, Salem, Mass., 1915.
Newcomb & Gauss, Printers, 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 Middlesex County Quarterly Court; in the cemetery inscriptions; and in private records found in family Bibles, etc. These records are printed in a condensed form in which every essential particular has been preserved. All duplication of the town clerks' 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 indicate the maiden name of a married woman.
When places other than Westford and Massachusetts are named in the original records, they are given in the printed copy. Marriages and intentions of marriage are printed under then 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. When additions to the original record have been made in different ink or in pencil it is so indicated within brackets.
The territory comprising the West Precinct of the town of Chelmsford was set off Sept. 23, 1729, and constituted a distinct and separate township by the name of " Wesford."
September 10, 1730, part of Groton was annexed to Westford.
The population of Westford at different periods was as fol-
1765, 962. 1800, 1,267. 1890, 2,250.
1076, 1,193. 1820, 1,409. 1900, 2,624.
1790, 1,229. 1850, 1,473. 1910, 2,851
a. - age.
abb. - abbreviation.
abt. - about.
b. - born.
bef. - before.
bet. - between.
bp. - baptized.
bur. - buried.
C. R. 1. - church record, First Congregational Church.
C. R. 2. - church record, Union Church.
ch. - child.
chn. - children.
Co. - county.
CT. R. - court record, Middlesex Co. Quarterly Court.
d. - daughter ; day ; died.
Dea. - deacon.
dup. - duplicate entry.
G. R. 1. - gravestone record, Fairview Cemetery.
G. R. 2. - gravestone record, Westlawn Cemetery.
G. R. 3. - gravestone record, Hillside Cemetery.
G. R. 4. - gravestone record, Wright private burial ground.
h. - husband; hour.
inf. - infant.
int. - intention of marriage.
jr. - junior.
m. - male; married; month.
P. R. 1. - Register of burials in the East Burying Ground (Fairview Cemetery), kept by Levi Snow, ad, now in possession of the Commissioner of Public Burial Grounds.
P. R. 2. - Church record kept by Rev. Leonard Luce, now in possession of the J. V. Fletcher Library.
P. R. 3. - Copy of a record of deaths kept by Dea. Reuben Leighton.
P. R. 4. - Copy of diary of Rev. Ebenezer Bridge of Chelmsford, now in possession of Rev. Wilson Waters of Chelmsford.
P. R. 5. - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. James Hildreth.
P. R. 6. - Note book record now in possession of Mrs. E. J. Whitney.
P. R. 7. - Note book record now in possession of Miss Louise Blodgett.
P. R. 8. - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Lucy Keyes.
P. R. 9. - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Otis Adams of Chelmsford.
P. R. 10. - Note book record now in possession of Miss Louise Blodgett.
P. R. 11. - Bible record now in possession of Capt. Sherman H. Fletcher.
P. R. 12. - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Frances Prescott.
P. R. 13. - Sampler record now in possession of Fred Blodgett.
P. R. 14. - Bible record now in possession of Fred Blodgett.
P. R. 15. - Bible record now in possession of Samuel L. Taylor.
P. R. 16. - Bible record now in possession of Abiel Abbott.
p R. 17. - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. George Drew.
P. R. 18. - Framed record now in possession of George E. Gould.
P. R. 19. - Bible record now in possession of Miss Ida Leighton.
P. R. 20. - Bible record now in possession of John M. Fletcher.
P. R. 21. - Bible record now in possession of Charles O. Prescott.
P. R. 22. - Family record now in possession of Mrs. Sydney B. Wright.
P. R. 23. - Bible record now in possession of Samuel L. Taylor.
P. R. 24. - Family record now in possession of John C. Abbot.
P. R. 25. - Family record now in possession of Miss Mary L. Hutchins of Billerica.
rec. - recorded.
s. - son.
sr. - senior.
T. R. - town copy.
T. R.- town record.
unm. - unmarried.
w. - wife; week.
wid. - widow.
widr. - widower.
y. - year.