Vital Records Of Edgartown, Massachusetts, To The Year 1850.
Published By The New England Historic Genealogical Society,
At The Charge Of The Eddy Town Record Fund.
Boston, Mass., 1906.

[Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]

THIS publication 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 tlis purpose.

Committee on Publication:
C. B. Tillingiast,
FRANCIS Everett Blake
Charles Knowles Bolton,
Don Gleason Hill,
Edmund Dana Barbour.

Editor; Henry Ernest Woods.
Stanhope Press
P. M. Gilson Company, BOSTON U.S.A.

THE TOWN OF EDGARTOWN, County of Dukes County, formerly known as Great Harbour, was established July 8, 1671, from common land, and the name then changed. February 5, 1830, the bounds between Edgartown and Tisbury were established.

Population by Census:
  • 1765 (Prov.), 944;
  • 1776 (Prov.), 1020;
  • 1790 (U.S.), 1352;
  • 1800 (U.S.), 1226;
  • 1810 (U.S.), 1365;
  • 1820 (U.S.), 1374;
  • 1830 (U.S.), 1509;
  • 1840 (U.S.), 1736;
  • 1850 (U.S.), 1990;
  • 1855 (State), 1898;
  • 1860 (U.S.), 2118;
  • 1865 (State), 1846;
  • 1870 (U.S.), 1516;
  • 1875 (State), 1707;
  • 1880 (U.S.), 1303;
  • 1885 (State), 1165;
  • 1890 (U.S.), 1156;
  • 1895 (State), 1125;
  • 1900 (U.S.), 1209.

  • 1. WHEN places other than Edgartown 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 spelling 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 birthplace of parents, in late marriage records.

  • a.—age
  • abt. — about
  • b.— born
  • ch.— child
  • chn. — children
  • Co. - county
  • C.R.1.— church record, Church of Christ, Congregational
  • C.R.2.-church record, Methodist
  • C.R.3. church record, Baptist
  • d.— daughter: died; day
  • Dea. — deacon
  • D.R.1. - Dukes County record, Court Vol. 1
  • D.R.2.—Dukes County record, dec'd.s Vol. 1
  • dup.— duplicate entry
  • G.R.1.--- gravestone record, Old Burying Ground
  • G.R.2.—gravestone record, Pease's Point Way Cemetery
  • G.R.3. — gravestone record, private grounds
  • G.R.4.— gravestone record, Indian Cemetery, Chappaquiddick Island
  • G.R.5.— gravestone record, First Cemetery, Chappaquiddick Island
  • G.R.6. — gravestone record, Belain Cemetery, Chappaquiddick Island
  • G.R.7. —gravestone record, Cottage City Cemetery G.R.B.
  • G.R.9.—gravestone record, Farm Neck Cemetery, Cottage City
  • G.R.9. — gravestone record, graves near Old House Pond, Cottage City
  • h.— husband
  • hrs.— hours
  • inf.—infant
  • int.— publishment of intention of marriage
  • Jr. — junior
  • m. — married; month
  • min.— minutes
  • P.R. - private record, from a Record of Deaths kept by the Rev. Samuel Kingsbury and the Rev. Joseph Thaxter (with additions by Miss Harriet M. Pease), now in the possession of Miss Harriet M. Pease, of Edgartown.
  • 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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