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Vital Records of Westport, Massachusetts to the Year 1850

 


 

Published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society at the Robert Henry Eddy Memorial Rooms at the Charge of the Eddy Town-Record Rooms



Boston, Mass., 1918 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. James Parker Parmenter Hosea Starr Ballou G. Andrews Moriarty, Jr. John Wallace Suter Alfred Johnson George Ritchie Marvin Editor, Henry Edwards Scott Stanhope Press F. H. Gilson Company Stanhope Press Boston, U.S.A.                    

THE TOWN OF WESTPORT, Bristol County, was as established July 2,1787,from a part of Dartmouth.February 25,1793, February 28, 1795, and March 4, 1805, parts of Dartmouth were annexed to Westport. February 20, 1828, a boundary line was established between Dartmouth and Westport. April 10, 1861, certain lands lying east and south of a line described,after the entry of the decree of the United  States Supreme Court concerning the Rhode Island boundary, were recognized as a part of Westport. June 14, 1894, a boundary line was located and defined between Fall River and Westport. Population by Census:  1790  (U.S.), 2466; 1800  (U.S.),  2361;   1810  (U.S.), 2585; 1820  (U.S.),  2633;   1830  (U.S.), 2779; 1840  (U.S.),  2820;   1850  (U.S.), 2795; 1855  (State), 2822;   1860  (U.S.), 2767; 1865  (State), 2799;   1870  (U.S.), 2724; 1875  (State), 2912;   1880  (U.S.), 2894; 1885  (State), 2706;   1890  (U.S.), 2599; 1895  (State), 2678;   1900  (U.S.), 2890; 1905  (State), 2867;   1910  (U.S.), 2928; 1915  (State), 3262.            

EXPLANATIONS

1. The fact that a birth, marriage, or death is recorded in Westport does not prove that it occurred in this town; but when places other than Westport and Massachusetts are named in the original records, they are given in the printed copy.

2. In all items from town records the original spelling is followed,and no attempt is made to correct errors appearing in the records.

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. A baptism is not printed, if it occurs within one year after the recorded date of birth of a child of the same name and parents or if it is clear that the child baptized is identical with the child of the birth record; but variations found in the baptismal record are added to the birth record.

5. The birth of a married woman is recorded under her maiden name,if it is known. But if the maiden name cannot be determined, the entryappears under the husband's name, with a dash enclosed in brackets, i.e.,[-], to signify that the maiden name  is unknown. If it is not knownwhether the surname is that of a married or unmarried woman, ? m. is placed in brackets after the Christian name.

6. Marriages and intentions of marriage are printed underthe 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 being recorded, it is designated with an asterisk.

7. Additional  information which  does  not  appearin  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 variations 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: 

a.-age

abt.-about

b.-born

B.C.R.-Bristol County Records

bp.-baptized

bur.-buried

C.R.-church record, Society of Friends

cert.-certificate given ; certified

ch.-child

chn.-children

Co.-county

d.-daughter; day; died

Dea.-deacon

dec'd-deceased

dup.-duplicate entry

Eld.-Elder

Ens.-Ensign

G.R.1.-gravestone record, Beech Grove Cemetery, Central Village,Westport

G.R.2.-gravestone record, Linden Grove Cemetery, Head of Westport

G.R.3.-gravestone record, Maple Grove Cemetery, Head of Westport

G.R.4.-gravestone record, Westport Point Cemetery

G.R.5.-gravestone record, Friends' Cemetery, Central Village, Westport

G.R.6.-gravestone record, Centre (Friends') Cemetery, Gifford's Corner, Westport

G.R.7.-gravestone record, Tripp and Booth  private lot, Brownell's Corner,Westport

G.R.8.-gravestone record, Ezekiel Brownell private lot, Brownell'sCorner, Westport

G.R.9.-gravestone record, Lawton private lot, Old County Road, Westport

G.R.10.-gravestone record, Lyon private lot, on road from Handy'sCorner to Head of Westport

G.R.11.-gravestone record, Gifford and Richmond private lot, Westport

G.R.12.-gravestone record, George Wing private lot, on road fromHandy's Corner to Head  of Westport

G.R.13.-gravestone record, Kirby private lot, Kirby's Corner, Westport

G.R.14.-gravestone record, Alien private lot, on road from Gifford'sCorner to Westport Point

G.R.15.-gravestone record, Tripp private lot, on road from Central Villageto Adamsville, Westpor

tG.R.16.-gravestone record, Brownell private lot, on road from Central Villageto Adamsville, Westport

G.R.17.-gravestone record, Kirby private lot, on crossroad from Drift Roadto Main Road, Westport

G.R.18.-gravestone record, Howland private lot, on road from Handy's Cornerto Head of Westport

G.R.19.-gravestone record, Gammons private lot, on road from Handy's Cornerto Head of Westport

G.R.20.-gravestone record, Green Alien private lot, Drift Road, Westport

G.R.21.-gravestone record, Silas Kirby private lot, Drift Road, Westport

G.R.22.-gravestone record, Gifford, White, and Cornell private lot, South Westport

G.R.23.-gravestone record, Sisson private lot, Pinehill Road, Westport

G.R.24.-gravestone record, Mosher private lot, Sodom Road, Westport

G.R.25.-gravestone record, Devol private lot, Sodom Road, Westport

G.R.26.-gravestone record, Devall private lot, Sodom Road, Westport

G.R.27.-gravestone record, Wood private lot, Sodom Road,  Westport

G.R.28.-gravestone road, Potter private lot, Sodom Road, Westport

G.R.29.-gravestone record, Records private lot, Westport Harbor

G.R.30.-gravestone record, Brownell private lot, Westport Harbor

G.R.31.-gravestone record, Cory private lot, Cornell Road, Westport

G.R.32.-gravestone record, Henry Brightman private lot, Cornell Road, Westport

G.R.33.-gravestone record, Davis private lot, Cornell Road, Westport

G.R.34.-gravestone record, J. L. Sherman private lot, on road from Gifford'sCorner to Westport

G.R.35.-gravestone record, Hicks private lot, on road from Gifford's Cornerto Westport

G.R.36.-gravestone record, Sowle private lot, on road from Gifford's Cornerto Westport Point

G.R.37.-gravestone record, Tripp private lot, Drift Road, Westport

G.R.38.-gravestone record, Howland private lot, Old County Road,Westport

G.R.39.-gravestone record, George Cook Brownell private lot, Old County Road, Westport

G.R.40.-gravestone record, Macomber private lot, Sanford Road, Westport

G.R.41.-gravestone record, Borden private lot, Sanford Road, Westport

G.R.42.-gravestone record, Francis private lot, Sanford Road, Westport

G.R.43.-gravestone record, David Sanford private lot, Sanford Road, Westport

G.R.44.-gravestone record, Borden private lot, Sanford Road, Westport

G.R.45.-gravestone record, Borden private lot, Sanford Road, Westport

G.R.46.-gravestone record, Macomber private lot, North Westport

G.R.47.-gravestone record, Davis private lot, Davis Road, Westport

G.R.48.-gravestone record, Rufus E. Wordell private lot, North Westport

G.R.49.-gravestone record, William H. Gifford private lot, BlossomRoad, North Westport

G.R.50.-gravestone record, Wilson Sherman private lot, Blossom Road, North Westport

G.R.51.-gravestone record, Wood  and Wing private lot, Horseneck Road,Westport

G.R.52.-gravestone   record, Brightman private lot, HorseneckRoad, Westport

G.R.53.-gravestone   record, Almy  private lot, Horseneck Road,Westport

G.R.54.-gravestone record, Dennis  private lot, Gifford Road,Westport

G.R.55.-gravestone  record, Reynolds private lot, Gifford Road, Westport

G.R.56.-gravestone  record, Brawley private  lot, Gifford Road,Westport

G.R.57.-gravestone record, Howard private lot, Old County Road, Westport

G.R.58.-gravestone record, Reynolds private lot, Old County Road,Westport

G.R.59.-gravestone  record, Hart private lot, on road from Handy's Corner to Head of Westport

G.R.60.-gravestone record, Tripp and Sisson private lot, on roadfrom Handy's Corner to Head of Westport

G.R.61.-gravestone record, Tripp private lot, on road from Handy'sCorner  to Head of Westport

G.R.62.-gravestone record, White private lot, on road from Handy'sCorner  to Head of Westport

G.R.63.-gravestone record, Milk, Wait, and Brightman private lot,on road from Handy's Corner to Head of Westport

G.R.64.-gravestone record, White private lot, Charlotte White Road,Westport

G.R.65.-gravestone record, James Allen and Abner Wilcox private lot, SouthWestport

h.-hours; husband

inf.-infant

int.-publishment of intention of marriage

Jr.-junior

Lt.-Lieutenant

m.-marriage; married; month

min.-minutes

P.R.1.-private record, from the Henry Palmer family Bible, now in the possession of Franklin J. Palmer of Central Village, Westport

P.R.2.-private record, from the John Macomber family Bible, now in the possession of Edward L. Macomber of Central Village, Westport

P.R.3.-private record, from a Wing-Slade family Bible, now in the possession of Edward L. Macomber of Central Village, Westport

P.R.4.-private record, from the Peleg S. Sanford family Bible, nowin the possession of Peleg S. Sanford Jr. of Westport

P.R.5.-private record, from the Barney Wing family Bible, now in the possession of Henry  P. Wing of Central Village, Westport

P.R.6.-private record, from the Perry G. Wing family Bible, now inthe possession of Henry P. Wing of Central Village, Westport

P.R.7.-private record, from a Jonathan Chace family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Hannah Chace of Westport

P.R.8.-private record, from the Sarah Lawton family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Hannah Chace of Westport

P.R.9.-private record, from a Jonathan Chace family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Hannah Chace of Westport

P.R.10.-private record, from a Wing family Bible, now in the possession of Henry P. Wing of Central Village, Westport

P.R.11.-private record, from the Martha White Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Albert J. Tripp of Westport

P.R.12.-private record, from a Macomber family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Phalla D. Tripp of Westport

P.R.13.-private record, from the Jacob Allen family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Frank D. Tripp of Westport

P.R.14.-private record, from a framed Pardon Cornell family record,now in the possession of Mrs. Angeline Cornell of Westport

P.R.15.-private record, from the David Sisson family Bible, now in the possession of Franklin H. Sisson of New Bedford

P.R.16.-private record, from a book of deaths kept by Jonathan Sisson, now in the possession of Franklin H. Sisson of New Bedford

P.R.17.-private record, from a Gifford family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Nelson Matthews of Westport

P.R.18.-private record, from a copy of a record in the Jonathan Macomber family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. E. Nellie Phipps of Rochester

P.R.19.-private record, from the Thomas Winslow family Bible, now in the possession of George A. Hough  of New Bedford

P.R.20.-private record, from a copy of a record in the Anthony AlmyGifford family Bible, now in the possession of the New England Historic Genealogical Society

P.R.21.-private record, from a copy of a record in the George B. Gifford family Bible, now in the possession of the New England Historic GenealogicalSociety

P.R.22.-private record, from a copy of a record in the Benjamin Sowlefamily Bible, now in the possession of the New England Historic Genealogical Society

P.R.23.-private record, from a copy of a record in the Henry Sowlefamily Bible, now in the possession of the New England Historic Genealogical Society

P.R.24.-private record, from a record of marriages performed by Abner Brownell, Justice of the Peace, now in the possession of Edward L.Macomber of Central illage, Westport

P.R.25.-private record, from a copy of the Friends' Records at East Hoosuck (Adams), Mass., printed in NEW ENGLAND HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL REGISTER, volumes 71 and 72

q.v.-which see; whom see

R.R.-Rebellion Record

rec.-recorded

s.-son

Sr.-senior

w.-week; wife

wid.-widow

widr.-widower

y.-year

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