Vital Records Of Chilmark, Massachusetts,
To The Year 1850
Published By The New-England Historic Genealogical Society,
At The Charge Of The Eddy Town-Record Fund.
Boston, Mass., 1904.

[Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]

is issued under the authority of a vote passed by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 6 November, 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.
C. B. Tillinghast, Francis Everett Blake, Charles Knowles Bolton,
Don Gleason Hill, Edmund Dana Barbour.
Editor- Henry Ernest Woods.

THE TOWN OF CHILMARK, County of Dukes County, was established September 14, 1694, from common land.

October 30, 1714, "the Mannour of Tisbury, commonly called Chilmark," to have all the powers of a town.

  • 1765(Prov.), 663;
  • 1776(Prov.), 769;
  • 1790(U.S.), 771;
  • 1800(U.S.), 800;
  • 1810(U.S.), 723;
  • 1820(U.S.), 695;
  • 1830(U.S.), 691;
  • 1840(U.S.), 702;
  • 1850(U.S.), 747;
  • 1855(State), 676;
  • 1860(U.S.), 654;
  • 1865(State), 548;
  • 1870(U.S.), 476;
  • 1875(State), 508;
  • 1880(U.S.), 494;
  • 1885(State), 412;
  • 1890(U.S.), 353;
  • 1895(State), 304;
  • 1900(U.S.), 324.

1. WHEN places other than Chilmark 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, but the full information concerning each party is given only in the entry under his or her name. When both the marriage and intention of marriage are recorded, only the marriage record is printed.

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 only when they occur in the original text, or to separate clauses found there-such as the birth-place of parents, in late marriage records.

  • a. ----age
  • abt. ----about
  • b. ----born
  • ch. ----child
  • chn. ----children
  • Co. ----county
  • d. ----daughter; day; died
  • Dea. ----deacon
  • dup. ----duplicate entry
  • G.R. ----gravestone record.
  • h. ----husband
  • hrs. ----hours
  • inf. ----infant
  • int. ----publishment of intention of marriage
  • Jr. ----junior
  • m. ----married; month
  • prob. ----probably.
  • rec. ----recorded
  • s. ----Son
  • Sr. ----senior
  • w. ----wife; week
  • wid. ----widow
  • widr. ----widower
  • y. ----year
  • 1st. ----first.
  • 2d. ----second
  • 3d. ----third.

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