BIRTH RECORDS OF THE TOWN OF BRAINTREE
(NORFOLK CO., MA)
1640 to 1699
Edited by Samuel A. BATES
[Transcribed by Jane Devlin]
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 punlishing 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 Arlington, Middlesex County, was formerly West Cambridge.
February 27, 1807, a part of Cambridge was established as West Cambridge. February 25, 1842, a part of Charlestown was annexed to West Cambridge. April 13, 1867, the name of the town of West Cambridge was changed to Arlington.
Population by Census: 1810(U.S.), 971; 1820(U.S.), 1064; 1830(U.S.), 1230; 1840(U.S.), 1363; 1850(U.S.), 2202; 1855(State), 2770; 1860(U.S.), 2681; 1865(State), 2770; 1870(U.S.), 3261; 1875(State), 3906; 1880(U.S.), 4100; 1885(State), 4673; 1890 (U.S.) 5629; 1895 (State), 6515; 1900 (U.S.), 8603.
1. When places other than Arlington and Massachusette 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 individuals might be found under current 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; and where a marriage appears without the intention recorded, it is designated withan asterisk.
5. Additional information which dose 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 here--such as the birth place of parents, in late marriage records.
G.R.---gravestone record, Old Burying Ground.
int.---publishment of intention of marriage.
P.R.--private record, from Rev. Samuel Cook's Abstract of Births, Deaths and Marriages, now in the possession of the Arlington Historical Society.the Old Colony Historical Society of Taunton.
widr.---widower. y.--year. 1st.-first 2d.--second 3d. third