Town Records
Excerpted From
Vital Records of Lee, Massachusetts, 1777-1801
From The Records Of The Town
Congregational Church
And Inscriptions in the Early Burial Grounds
All The Family Birth Records Continued Beyond 1801
Given As Fully As Recorded

Containing Also The Baptisms & Names of Church Members
In The Records Of The Congregational Church
From Its Organization In 1780 to 1801

1899
Lee, Mass.:
The Valley Gleaner

[Transcribed by Jane Devlin]




The necrology of the early years of the town is very brief. The inscriptions on a few crumbling stones in the cemeteries, and the short lists of deaths given in connection with the family birth records, contain it all until 1792, when Dr. Hyde commenced his admirable Church Records, included in which is a carefully recorded list of the deaths which occurred in town during his pastorate.

The death of Pelatiah WEST is given after the birth record of Elijah & Marah WEST's children, and the deaths of several of the CROCKER family, after the birth record of Joseph & Polly CROCKER's children; but except as connected with the records of births, there is no registry of a death on the Town Records until that of Molly CASEY, May, 1795, and there is no other recorded until 1797. Scattered here and there on several of the pages allotted to the birth records, are entries of some of the deaths in town between 1797 and 1804 - the list of 1799 being nearly complete. In 1804 a systematic record ws commenced, and has been continuously kept. These scattered entries, and also those deaths noticed in the preceding Records of Births, are here arranged chronologically. Some of the dates and ages given in this record, Dr. Hyde's, and in the inscriptions in the cemeteries do not correspond. These are noted if the discrepancy is considerable.


1775
  • Sep 18, Nathaniel, s. of Stephen & Lydia TOBEY, 8 d.


1777
  • Oct 8, Lydia, d. of Jonathan & Elizabeth WEST, 1 yr
  • Oct 17, David, s. of Jonathan & Elizabeth WEST, 2 y., 4 m.


1778
  • May 30, Jerusha, w. of Peter WILCOX, 39 y., 6 m.
  • May --, Esther, d. Aaron & Marah BENEDICT


1779
  • Jan 19, Child of Jonathan & Elizabeth WEST, 2 d.
  • May 16, Jedediah, s. of Nathan & Lucy DAVIS, 14 d.
  • Jul 13, Eunice, d. of Aaron & Marah BENEDICT, 2 d.


1780
  • Jun 28, Thomas, s. of Elisha & Elizabeth, 3 y.
  • Nov 10, Stephen, s. of John & Lois NYE, 2 m. 19 d.
  • Nov --, Sarah, d. of Nathan & Lucy DAVIS, about 7 m.
  • Dec 9, Jerusha, d. of Jonathan & Deliverence Foot ["Jerusha died Jan 7, 1781, 7 Months - p. 87]


1781
  • Jul --, Child of Jonathan & Elizabeth WEST
  • Dec 1, Esther, d. John & Lois NYE


1782
  • Feb 5, Marcy, d. of Levi & Temperence CHASE, 4 w.


1783
  • May 10, Daniel, s. of Daniel & Hannah CHURCH, 10 y., 11 m.
  • May --, Seth, s. of Levi & Temperence CHASE
  • Oct 17, Dorse, d. of Amos & Susan ROBERTS, 1 yr., 7 m.


1784
  • Feb 16, Daniel, s. of Daniel & Hannah CHURCH, 5 m., 8 d.
  • Feb 20, Samuel, s. of Samuel & Prudence PORTER, 4 y., 7 m.
  • Apr 15, Hannah, w. of Daniel CHURCH [in the 44th year of her age"]
  • Oct 4, John, s. of Archalaus & Sarah CHADWICK, 1 y., 11 m.


1785
  • Jan 23, Elizabeth, d. of Daniel & Elizabeth WEST, 9 y.
  • Mar 19, Nancy, d. of Cornelius Jr., & Abigail BASSETT, of small pox, 1 y., 19 d.
  • May 15, Jared, s. of Elisha & Marah GRANT, 2 y., 8 m.
  • Nov 19, Eunice, w. of Moses INGERSOLL in the 50th yr. of her age. [The inscription in the cemetery & Dr. Hyde's record give 1795 as the year of death, and both state in the 51st year of her age.]


1786
  • Abijah, s. of John & Lucy STARNES [A Bijah, Son to Mr. John STARN's Died June 27th in ye 5 year of his age."]


1787
  • Mar 27, Oziel, s. of Peter & Jerusha WILLCOX, Killed at Sheffield, 27 y., 7 m. 11 d.
  • May 22, Ira, s. of John & Lois NYE
  • Jul 11, Pelatiah WEST died
  • Aug 20, Samuel, s. of Archalaus & Sarah CHADWICK, 1 y., 5 m., 24 d.


1788
  • Mar 16, Huldah, w. of Caleb WALKER
  • May 1, Rebeca, d. of Wait & Marah HATCH, about 32 yr.


1789
  • Mar 12, Parmelia, d. of Elijah & Marah WEST, 1 y., 6 m., 13 d.
  • Apr 18, Child of Abraham & Temperence PERRY, 15 d.
  • May 23, Child of Joseph & Eunice BRADLEY - "Died immediately."
  • Jul 5, Marcy, d. of Samuel & Hannah TILLEY, 1 y., 15 d.


1790
  • Apr 10, Rhoda, d. of Joseph & Elizabeth WYLLYS, 2 m.
  • Jul 11, Marah, w. of Aaron Benedict ["in the 8.th (sic) year of her age"]
  • Jul 27, Mary, d. of William & Sarah WHITNEY, 1 m.
  • Jul 31, Charity, w. of Col. Jared BRADLEY, [in the 32d year of her age."]
  • Aug 13, Desire, w. of Abiathar CHADWICK, [in the 35th year of her age]
  • Caleb WALKER died at Genessee in the Summer of 1790
  • Sep 8, Betsey, d. of George & Betsey BENNET, 5 m.
  • Dec 14, Lydia, d. of Jonathan & Elizabeth WEST, about 2 yr.
  • Dec 22, Joh, s. of Jonathan & Anne GRAVES 1 d.


1791
  • Jan 27, Child of Jesse Jr., & Lucy BRADLEY
  • Mar 4, Zacheus, s. of John & Betsey WINEGAR ["in the 2d year of his age."]
  • Apr --, Patty, d. of Levi & Bathsheba WEST, about 3 y., 8 m.
  • July --, Child of Cornelius & Remember BASSETT
  • Jul 27, Tabitha, d. of Levi & Temperence CHASE, 20 d.
  • Oct 25, John, s. of Jonathan & Deliverence FOOT, 20 d. [Date given in inscription in cemetery is Oct 9, 1791]
  • Nov 1, Polly, d. Jonathan & Sarah FINNEY, 2 y., 12 d.


1792
  • Jan 5, Erastus, s. of John & Jehannah GIFFORD, 1 w.
  • May 8, Elizabeth, d. of Joseph & Elizabeth WYLLYS, 4 w.
  • Jun 18, Hannah CROCKER d. in the 60th year of her age
  • Oct 13, David, s. of David & Betsey FOOT, 3 m.
  • Nov 2, Thomas, s. of Levi & Sarah NYE, ["in the 19th year of his age. Date of death & age taken from inscription in cemetery.]
  • Dec 17, Child of James & Lucretia STEVEN, d. day of birth.


1793
  • Mar 16, Child of Reuben & Nabby BARLOW
  • Apr 21, Child of John & Salome CROSBY, 4 w.
  • Jun 28, Sally, d. of John & Sarah HULETT, 4 m., 1 w.
  • Aug 26, Zafne, s. of James & Achsah AUSTIN, 18 m.
  • Oct --. William, s. of Jonathan, Jr., & Deliverence FOOT ["William died Oct 1st, 1792, aged 5 weeks."]
  • Nov 13, Deliverence, w of Ichabud BACKUS
  • Dec 4, Isaac, s. of Laurence & Christeen VANDUSEN, 9 m.


1794
  • Feb 8, Wealthy, d. John & Sarah HULETT
  • Mar 13, Huldah, d. Levi G. PORTER, 8 y., 13 d.
  • Mar 19, Eunice, d. of Elisha & Marah GRANT, 2 y., 11 m., 2 d.
  • Jun 29, Jesse, s. of John & Jehannah GIFFORD, 1 yr, 4 m., 10 d.
  • Jul 16, Peter WILLCOX, Jr., b. at Richmond, Jul 12, 1765 & d. in Grenville of 48 hours illness of the billious Cholic in the thirtieth year of his age


1795
  • Feb 15, Polly, d. of Silas & Rachel EASTON, 16 d.
  • Mar 28, Marcy, w. of Paul EWER [Date & age from inscription in cemetery:-- "March 18, 1795, in the 39th year of her age."]
  • Apr 10, Widow Abigail CROCKER d. in the 90 year of her age
  • Apr 11, Lewis, s. of John & Jehannah GIFFORD, 4 d.
  • Apr 17, Barnabus, s. of Nathaniel & Deborah TOBEY, 1 m.
  • May 1, Child of John & Salome CROSBY, 11 d.
  • May --, Molly CASEY, [May 5th, 24 y." - Dr. Hyde's record.]
  • Jun 5, Rhoda, d. of Levi G. PORTER - in her 4th y.
  • Aug 20, Rebeca, d. Jonathan & Anne GRAVES, 2 y.
  • Sep 7, Marcy Hamlin, d. Joseph, Jr., & Polly CROCKER, in her 4th year.
  • Sep --, Jonathan WEST died.
  • Nov 10, Polly, d. of Elisha & Marah GRANT, 2 y., 17 d.


1796
  • Jan 8, Joseph CROCKER, Jr., in the 30th year of his age
  • Feb 20, Elizabeth, w. of John KEEP ["in the 40th year of her age" - Dr. Hyde's record]
  • Mar 6, Charles, s. of John & Lois NYE, 2 m.
  • Mar 7, Kimbal, s. of Samuel & Prudence PORTER [The inscription in cemetery & Dr. Hyde give 15 months as the age which does not correspond with the record on page 34. Probably he was born in 1794 instead of 1795, as there given]
  • Apr 23, Richard, s. William & Sarah WHITNEY, 1 y., 2 m., 13 d.
  • Jul 5, Capt. Thomas CROCKER, in the 62 year of his age
  • Jul 24, Joseph, s. of Joseph & Polly CROCKER, 7 m. 20 d.
  • Sep 17, Child of Reuben & Nabby BARLOW, died day of birth.
  • Oct 15, John, s. of John & Sarah HULETT, 8 y., 1 m., 20 d.


1797
  • Jan 2, Betsey, d. of Seth & Bethiah BURDEN, 5 y., 1 m.
  • Jan 17, Child of Abraham & Huldah FINNEY, died day of birth
  • Jan 21, Sarah, w. of John HULET ["aged 33 yrs" - Dr. Hyde's record]
  • Feb 16, Pegg CASEY, ["in the 16th year of her age" - Dr. Hyde's record]
  • Feb 25, Ebenezer CHADWICK, Jr., ["in the 25th year of his age" - Dr. Hyde's record]
  • Mar 7, Betsey, d. William & Jerusha FREEMAN, 12 d.
  • Apr 6, Thomas, s. of Josiah & Hannah CROCKER, 3 w.
  • May 26, Child of Ancel & Hannah CROCKER, 20 d.
  • Jul 29, Eleazer TURNER d. at Lee ["in the _0 year of his age (could be 30, 80 or 90) - Dr. Hyde's record]
  • Aug 30, Widow Silence CHASE, ["in the 76th year of her age - Dr. Hyde's record]
  • Sep 22, Child of Eleazer TURNER, 6 months
  • Oct 23, William Finney, s. of Cornelius & Mercy HAMLIN, 1 y., 4 m.
  • Dec 19, Mr. David PERRYS
  • Dec 29, Mr. Nathan BALL, in the 61st year of his age


1798
  • Jan 19, Harriot, d. of Cornelius & Abigail BASSETT, ae 2 y., 9 d.
  • Mar 14, Mr. John WINEGAR [Aged 55 years & 2 M.]
  • May 2, Mr. Benjamin HAMLIN, [in the 67th year of his age]
  • May 4, Child of James & Achsah AUSTIN - died day of birth
  • May 6, Dennis CASEY, ["aged 20 years." - Dr. Hyde's record]
  • Jun 5, Anner BASSETT, d. of Nathan BASSETT, ["aged 20 years" - Dr. Hyde's record]
  • Jun 13, Katharine WINEGAR, ["aged 18 years"]
  • Jul 28, Cynthia CHADWICK, ["aged 13 years" - Dr. Hyde's record]
  • Sep 2, Zerniah CROCKER, ["in the 21st year of her age"]
  • Dec 23, Betsey Crosby, d. of Josiah & Hannah CROCKER, 8 m., 20 d.


1799
  • Jan 3, Roxe, d. of Abraham & Esther HOWK, in her 4th yr.
  • Jan 7, Phineas GRAVE's wife
  • Feb 7, Remember TOBEY, ["in the 22 year of her age"]
  • Feb 20, Widow Elizabeth TURNER, ["aged 30 years" - Dr. Hyde's record ]
  • Mar 9, Daniel CHURCH, Sen., ["aged 92 years"]
  • Mar 10, Timothy BARDEN's wife died, ["BURDEN" in Dr. Hyde's record ]
  • Mar 12, Child of Stephen & Lydia TOBEY - died day of birth
  • Apr 3, Lydia TOBEY, wife to Stephen TOBEY, [ "in the 43d year of her age" ]
  • Jun 1, John COUCH, Sen's wife, [ "in the 77th year of her age" - Dr. Hyde's record ]
  • Jun 8, John COUCH's Child, 18 months
  • Jun 29, A Child of Elijah PEET, [ "aged 8 years, 10 M., & 5 Days" ]
  • Jul 14, Thomas, s. of John & Lucy STARNES, 1 y., 9 d.
  • Jul 19, Laurence VANDUSEN, [ "in the 33d year of his age" ]
  • Jul 20, Nabby POLIY (?), [ "in the 2nd year of her age" ]
  • Aug 4, Child of Alvan & Sally FOOT, died day of birth
  • Aug 8, Thomas NORTHRUP, [ "aged 72 years - Dr. Hyde's record ]
  • Aug 19, Samuel COUCH's child died, [ "aged 1_ months" ]
  • Sep 6, Jerusha POLLEY, 1 yr., 9 m.
  • Oct 5, Betsey, d. of John & Lucy STARNES, 9 y., 4 m.
  • Dec 21, Child of Andrew & Betsey HOWK, 1 d.


1800
  • Mar 17, Widow Elizabeth WEST, [ "aged 88 years" - Dr. Hyde's record ]
  • May 17, Electa WILCOX d. of the following disorders Inflamation in the bowels, Spasm in the Stomach & Cramp Cholic
  • Aug 10, Joseph, s. of Nathaniel & Bethiah BASSETT, 1 y., 3 d.
  • Nov 9, Josiah HATCH's wife, [ "aged 83 years." - Dr. Hyde's record ]


The dates of the two following are uncertain:
  • Barnabas FINNEY d. Jun 30, 178_ (last figure omitted)
  • Nathan, s. of Aaron & Marah BENEDICT, Jul 3, 179_ (last figure omitted)


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