Vital Records Of Essex Massachusetts To The End Of The Year 1849
Published By The Essex Institute Salem, Mass. 1908.

[Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]


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 cemetery inscriptions; and in private records found in family Bibles. 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 wife.

When places other than Essex and Massachusetts are named in the original records, they are given in the printed copy. Marriages and intentions of marriage are printed under the names of both parties. 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.


The territory comprising the present town of Essex was originally a part of Ipswich, and was known as Chebacco Parish. The parish was established Dec. 10, 1679, and the town of Essex was incorporated Feb. 5, 1819. The population of Essex at different periods was as follows: 1820, ---- 1,107. 1830, ---- 1,333. 1840, ---- 1,450. 1850, ---- 1,585. 1905, ---- 1,790.

  • a.----age
  • abt.----about
  • b.---born
  • bp ----baptized
  • Bur. ----buried
  • C.R. ----Congregational Church records.
  • ch. ----child.
  • chn. ----children.
  • Co. ----county.
  • d. ----daughter; day; died
  • Dea. ----deacon
  • dup. ----duplicate entry.
  • G.R.1. ----gravestone record, Old Burial Ground.
  • G.R.2. ----gravestone record, New Cemetery.
  • h. ----husband; hour.
  • inf. ----infant.
  • int. ----intention of Marriage.
  • jr. ----junior.
  • m. ----male, Married; month.
  • P.R.1. ----Bible record now in the possession of the Home for Aged Women, Peabody.
  • P.R.2. ----Cemetery inscriptions copied by Alfred Poor, in 1867, and now in possession of the Essex Institute.
  • rec. ----recorded.
  • s. ----son.
  • Sr. ----senior.
  • unm. ----unmarried.
  • w. ----week; wife;
  • wid. ----widow.
  • widr. ----widower.
  • y. ----year.

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