Andover, MA Vital Records to 1850
Published by:
The Topsfield Historical Society
Topsfield, MA 1912
Transcribed by Frances LaMarco

Explanations, Abbreviations and Sources.





The following records of births, marriages and deaths include all entries to be found in the books of records kept by the town clerks; in the church records; in the returns made to the Salem Quarterly Court; in the cemetery insciptions; and in private records found in family Bibles, etc. These records are printed in a condensed form in which every essential particular has been preserved. All duplications 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 married woman.

When places other than Andover 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. Double dating is used in the months of Janurary, February and March, prior to 1752, whenever it appears in the original, and also, whenever from the sequence of entry in the original the date may be easily determined. 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 register of deaths in the South Parish, between 1710 and 1771, referred to the Historical Manuel of the South Church published in 1859, has not been found.

The town clerk’s records, Book II, 1701-1800, are badly worn, and portions of the many entries in the first hundred pages are missing, thus accounting for the frequent use of the word torn and the dash.


The gravestone records are from copies of gravestones made in October, 1864 by Alfred Poor, M. D., and now in possession of the Essex Institute.

ANDOVER

The territory within the limits of the town of Andover was originally called Cochicawick. Andover was incorporated as a town, May 6, 1646, and was named for the town in Hants County, England, whiich had been the ome of many of its settlers.


A committee was appointed by the General Court on June 1, 1652, to lay out the bounds between Andover and Cambridge, and the same day the Court granted that the five or six hundred acres laid out by Rowley, without their line near Andover town, should belong to Andover.


The bounds between Andover and Billerica were established May 26, 1658.

The bounds between Andover and Wills Hill were established May 9, 1678.

June 20, 1728, a part of Andover was included in the new town of Middleton.

April 17, 1847, a part of Andover was included in the new town of Lawrence.

April 7, 1855, a part of Andover was established as North Andover.

Feb. 7, 1879, a part of Andover was annexed to Lawrence.

The bounds between Andover and Tewksbury were established May 21, 1903.

The bounds between Andover and North Reading wer established Apr. 22, 1904.

The population of Andover at different periods was as follows:

1765: 2,442.
1776: 2,953.
1790: 2,863.
1800: 2,941.
1810: 3,164.
1820: 3,889.
1830: 4,530.
1840: 5,207.
1850: 6,945.
1875: 6.632.
1905: 6,632.

ABBREVIATIONS


a. - age
abt. - about
b. - born
bef. - before
bet. - between
bp. - baptized
bur. – buried

c. c. – Copy of Essex Co. Court records, at the Clerk of Court’s office, made by Alfred Kimball in 1856.
CR1 - church record, North Parish Congrational Church.

CR2 - church record, South Parish Congregational Church.
CR3 - church record, West Parish Congrational Church.
CR4 - church record, Christ Church..
CR5 - church record, North Andover Congregational Church
CR6 - church record, Theological Seminary Church
ch. - child
chn. - children
Co. - county
CT. F. - court files, Essex Co. Quarterly Court.
CT. R. - court records, Essex Co. Quarterly Court
d. - daughter; day; died.
Dea. - deacon
dup. - duplicate entry
GR1 - gravestone record, North Parish Burying Ground.
GR2 - gravestone record,.South Parish Burying Ground.
GR3 - gravestone record, West Parish Burying Ground.

GR4 - gravestone record, Christ Church Burying Ground.
GR5 - gravestone record, Theological Seminary Burying Ground.
GR6 - gravestone record, Second Burying Ground, in North Andover.
GR7 - gravestone record, Ridgewood Cemerery.
h. - husband, hour
inf. - infant
int. - intention of marriage
jr. - junior
m. - male; married; month
P. R.1. – Bible record now in possession of Miss Charlotte Helen Abbot.

P. R. 2. – Family record now in possession of Miss Ellen Richardson.

P. R. 3. – Bible record now in possession of Mrs. E. A. Higgins.

P. R. 4. – Bible record now in possession of Miss Anna B. Abbott.

P. R. 5. – Bible record now in possession of Edward Adams, North Andover.

P. R. 6. – Bible Record now in possesion of Frank W. Abbott, North Andover.

P. R. 7. - Bible record now in possession of Charles B. Adams, North Andover

P. R. 8. - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. S. H. Bailey.

P. R. 9. - Bible record now in possession of George T. Abbott.

P. R. 10.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. William Cheever.

P. R. 11.- Bible record now in possession of Ballard Holt.

P. R. 12.- Bible record now in possession of Fred Andrews.

P. R. 13.- Bible record now in possession of Miss Florence Averill, North Andover.

P. R. 14 - Bible record now in possession of Miss Florence Averill, North Andover.

P. R.15. - Bible record now in possession of Orrin Foster.

P. R. 16.- Bible record now in possession of Jacob W. Barker, North Andover.

P. R. 17.- Records now in possession of Jacob W. Barker.

P. R. 18.- Bible record now in possession of Miss Emily Carter.

P. R. 19.- Bible record now in possession of George Caldwell.

P. R. 20.- Bible record now in possession of George I. Smith, North Andover.

P. R. 21,- Family record now in possession of Miss Maria D. Kimball.

P. R. 22.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Hannah Tucker, North Andover.

P. R. 23.- Bible record now in possession of Mary G. Carleton, North Andover.

P. R. 24.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Edward Butterworth, North Andover.

P. R. 25.- Bible record now in possession of Andrew J. Barker, North Andover.

P. R. 26.- Bible record now in possession of Clifton Berry, North Andover.

P. R. 27.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Edward Cooper, North Andover.

P. R. 28.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Martha A. Russell.

P. R. 29.- Bible record now in possession of Miss Angie Burtt.

P. R. 30.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. J. W. Mooar.

P. R. 31.- Bible record now in possession of William A. Trow.

P. R. 32.- Bible record now in possession of Miss Lucretia Bailey.

P. R. 33.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. William E. Burtt.

P. R. 34.- Bible record now in possession of Miss Mary Boutwell.

P. R. 35.- Bible record now in possession of John Bailey.

P. R. 36-  Bible record now in possession of Frank E. Bailey.

P. R. 37.- Framed record now in possession of Mrs. Charles H. Newton.

P. R. 38.-Unframed record now in possession of Mrs. Charles H. Newton.

P. R. 39.- Bible record now in possession of of Mrs. Caroline S. Rea.

P. R. 40.- Bible record now in possession of Miss Laura Alden Bailey, North Andover.

P. R. 41.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Warren Bailey.

P. R. 42.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. J. W. Barnard.

P. R. 43.- Bible record now in possession of Miss Ellen Abbott.

P. R. 44.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. E. Francis Holt.

P. R. 45.- Family record now in possession of George W. Foster.

P. R. 46.- Note book record now in possession of Miss Florence Averill, North

       Andover.

P. R. 47.- Bible record now in possession of George L. Averill.

P. R. 48.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Frederick P. Hannaford, North

     Andover.

P. R. 49.- Framed Family record now in possession of Miss Sarah Jenkins.

P. R. 50.- Bible record now in possession of Frank Easton, North Andover.

P. R. 51.- Bible record now in possession of Mars. Mary H. Lacy, North Andover.

P. R. 52. -Family Register now in possession of Orrin Foster, North Andover.

P. R. 53.- Bible record now in possession of Frank Goodhue, North Andover.

P. R. 54.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. John Barker.

P. R. 55.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Oliver P. Berry, Wolfboro, N.H.

P. R. 56.- Bible record now in possession of John Cochran.

P. R. 57.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Albert Lowe.

P. R. 58.- Bible record now in possession of B. F. Wardwell.

P. R. 59.- Bible record now in possession of N. E. Bartlett.

P. R. 60.- Family record now in possession of Miss Sara Poor.

P. R. 61.- Account book now in possession of Miss Martha Farnham, North Andover.

P. R. 62.- Bible record now in possession of Miss Eldora Ellis, North Andover.

P. R. 63.- Bible record now in possession of John Peters Clark, North Andover.

P. R. 64. Framed record now in possession of Mrs. S. M. Wagstaff.

P. R. 65 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. S. M. Wagstaff.

P. R. 66.- Bible record now in possession of Miss Hannah E. Giddings.

P. R. 67.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Daniel Fitz.

P. R. 68.- Bible record now in possession of George Goldsmith.

P. R. 69.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Frank Hold.

P. R. 70.- Bible record now in possession of James Jaquith.

P. R. 71.- Bible record now in possession of Miss Sarah Jenkins.

P. R. 72.- Family record now in possession of Mrs. Mary A. Davis.

P. R. 73.- Record now in possession of Ira O. Gray.

P. R. 74.- Bible record now in possession of B. F. Wardwell.

P. R. 75.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Lois Manning.

P. R. 76.- Bible record now in possession of  mrs. S. Jennie Marland, Griffen, Ga.

P. R. 77.- Bible record now in possession of Stillman Harnden.

P. R. 78.- Family record now in possession of George Stevens.

P. R. 79.- Bible record now in possession of Charles Johnson.

P. R. 80.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Andrew Smith, Lynn.

P. R. 81.- Bible record now in possession of Miss Maria D. Kimball, North Andover.

P. R. 82.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. E. W. Moody, North Andover.

P. R. 83.- Bible record now in possession of Charles W. Tucker, Swampscott.

P. R. 84.- Bible record now in possession of Henry Keniston, North Andover.

P. R. 85.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Winslow, Lynn.

P. R. 86.- Bible record now in possession of David Wallwork, North Andover.

P. R. 87.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Robert Peterson, North Andover.

P. R. 88.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Mary E. Perkins, North Andover.

P. R. 89.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Edward Butterworth, North Andover.

P. R. 90.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. George A. Rea, North Andover.

P. R. 91.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Charles H. Poor, North Andover.

P. R. 92.- Bible record now in possession of Isaac Osgood, North Andover.

P. R. 93.- Records now in possession of Clarence W. Reynolds, North Andover.

P. R. 94.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. M. A. Russell.

P. R. 95.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. M. Warren Tuck.

P. R. 96.- Bible record now in possession of Miss Abbie Hill.

P. R. 97.- Bible record now in possession of A. Sewell Stott.

P. R. 98.- Bible record now in possession of Augustus Upton.

P. R. 99.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Elmer Conkey.

P. R. 100.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. William Gille, North Andover.

P. R. 101.- Bible record now in possession of Miss Olive Rea, North Andover.

P. R. 102.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. J. J. Abbottt.

P. R. 103.-Framed record now in possession of Mrs. John Holt.

P. R. 104.-Record now in possession of Frank Carlton.

P. R. 105.- Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Elizabeth M. Eames.

P. R. 106.- Bible record now in possession of Miss Kate Johnson, North Andover.

P. R. 107.-Record now in possession of Miss Harriet S. Tapley, Salem.

P. R. 108.-Record now in possession of C. H. A. Sanborn.

rec. - recorded
s. - son
sr. – senior.

T.C. - town copy
unm. - unmarried
w. - wife; week
wid. - widow
widr. - widower
y. - year
7 br. - September
8 br. - October
9 br. - November
.x br. - December

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