East Bridgewater, Plymouth Co., Ma,
Vital Records To 1850
Published By The New England Historic Genealogical Society
At The Robert Henry Eddy Memorial Rooms
At The Charge Of The Eddy Town-Record Fund
Boston, Mass. 1917

[transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]

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 Parser Parmenter; Hosea Starr Ballou; G. Andrews Moriarty, Jr.; John Wallace Suter; Alfred Johnson; George Ritchie Marvin; Henry Edwards Scott, Editor.

THE TOWN OF EAST BRIDGEWATER, Plymouth County, was established June 14, 1823, from a part of Bridgewater. February 23, 1838, bounds between East Bridgewater and Bridgewater were established. March 20, 1846, bounds between East Bridgewater and Bridgewater were established and a part of each town was annexed to the other town.

April 11, 1857, a part of Halifax was annexed and bounds were established.

March 4, 1875, a part was included in the new town of South Abington (Whitman).

April 24, 1875, a part was annexed to Brockton.

The date of the establishment of East Bridgewater is subsequent to the date of the earliest census in which population appears. This is due, probably, to the fact that the territory in question was well defined and recognized in census enumerations prior to the date of its formal incorporation as a district or town.

Population by Census;
  • 1820(U.S.), 1435;
  • 1830 (U.S.), 1653;
  • 1840(U.S.), 1950;
  • 1850(U.S.), 2545;
  • 1855(State), 2930;
  • 1860(U.S.), 3207;
  • 1865(State), 2976;
  • 1870(U.S.), 3017;
  • 1875(State), 2808;
  • 1880(U.S.), 2710;
  • 1885(State), 2812;
  • 1890(U.S.), 2911;
  • 1895(State), 2894;
  • 1900(U.S.), 3025;
  • 1905(State), 3169;
  • 1910(U.S.), 3363;
  • 1915(State), 3689.


1. The fact that a birth, marriage, or death is recorded in East Bridgewater does not prove that it occurred in this town; but when places other than East Bridgewater 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 entry appears 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 known whether 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 under the names of both parties. When both the marriage and intention of marriage are recorded, only the marriage record is printed.

7. 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 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.

8. In addition to this book the vital records of Bridgewater, Brockton, and West Bridgewater should be examined.

  • a.----age.
  • abt.----about.
  • b.---born.
  • bp ----baptized.
  • Bur. ----buried.
  • ch. ----child.
  • chn. ----children.
  • C.R.1. ----church record, from copies of the records of the First Church of East Bridgewater, the original records.
  • having disappeared. See P.R.5.
  • C.R.2. ----church record, Union Church of East and West Bridgewater.
  • C.R.3. ----church record, New Jerusalem Church, Elmwood.
  • Co. ----county.
  • d. ----daughter; day; died.
  • Dea. ----deacon.
  • dec'd ----deceased.
  • dup. ----duplicate entry.
  • Eld. ----Elder.
  • enl. ----enlisted
  • Enls. ----Ensign.
  • G.R.1. ----gravestone record, Old Central Cemetery, Central Street.
  • G.R.2. ----gravestone record, Hudson Tomb, off Plymouth Street.
  • G.R.3. ----gravestone record, Thayer Burying Ground.
  • G.R.4 -----gravestone record, Whitman Burying Ground, Harvard Street.
  • G.R.5. ----gravestone record, New Central Cemetery, off Hobart Street.
  • G.R.6. ----gravestone record, Beaver Cemetery.
  • G.R.7. ----gravestone record, Union Congregational Cemetery, Pleasant Street.
  • G.R.8. ----gravestone record, Elmwood Cemetery, West Street.
  • G.R.9. ----gravestone record, Northville Cemetery.
  • h. ----husband.
  • hrs. ----hours.
  • inf. ----infant.
  • int. ----publishment of intention of Marriage.
  • Jr. ----junior.
  • Lt. ----Lieutenant.
  • m. ----Married; month.
  • min. ----minutes.
  • P.R.1. ----private record, from a Harris family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Fred Aldridge of Bridgewater.
  • P.R.2. ----private record, from the Daybook of the Poorhouse Establishment.
  • P.R.3. ----private record, from William Witherell Bennett family Bible, now in the possession of the estate
  • of Mrs. Rowena W. Hobart of East Bridgewater.
  • P.R.4. ----private record, from the Charles Brown family Bible, now in the possession of
  • Mrs. Edwin W. Brown of Whitman.
  • P.R.5. ----private record, from a copy made by Judge Nahum Mitchell of the records of the First Church of
  • East Bridgewater, with additions and corrections by the copyist.
  • 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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