Vital Records Of Haverhill, Massachusetts
to the end of the year 1849

Pub. by the Topsfield Historical Society
Topsfield, Mass. 1910-11
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown

EXPLANATIONS

The following records of births, marriages and deaths include all entires to be found in the books of record kept by the town clerks; in the church records; in the returns made to the Salem Quarterly Court; in the cemetery transcriptions; 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 duplicates 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 Haverhill 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 January, February and March, prior to 1752, whenever it apprears 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 family may be found under different spellings.

Births

Marriages

Deaths

HAVERHILL

The Indian name for this locality was ""Pentucket" - but the early settlers applied the name of Haverhill in compliment to Rev. John Ward, their first minister, who came from Haverhill, England. "Mr. Ward & Newberry men" petitioned the General Court on May 13, 1640, for permission to begin a new plantation on the Merrimack river, which was granted provided "they build there before the next Courte." Though the town was settled and houses erected in 1640 it was not until November 15, 1642, that a title to the land was purchased of the Indian owners.
In June, 1641, the Court appointed men to determine the bounds between Salsberry and Pantucket alias Haverell."
In 1643, a law was passed by the General Court requiring a record to be kept of births, marriages and deahts in each town and in Haverhill, Richard Littlehale was chosen "clerk of the Writs and Town Recorder," and the first meeting of which proceedings are recorded was held November 6, 1643.
In 1645 the plantation of Haverhill was incorporated as a town. An island in the Merrimack river was granted to Haverhill on May 23, 1650.
October 14, 1651 bounds were established.
October 19, 1654 bounds between Haverhill and Salisbury were established.
May 18, 1664 bounds between Haverhill and lands of Maj.-Gen'l Denison were established.
December 8, 1725 the western part of the town was included in the new town of Methuen.

The population of Haverhill at different periods was as follows:

1765, -- 1,980.
1776, -- 2,810.
1790, -- 2,408.
1800, -- 2,730.
1810, -- 2,682.
1820, -- 3,070.
1830, -- 3,896.
1850, -- 5,877.
1907, -- 41,242.

ABBREVIATIONS

a. - age abt. - about
b. - born
bef. - before
bet. - between
bp. - baptized
bur. - buried
CR1 - First Parish Church records.
CR2 - North Parish Congregational Church records.
CR3 - West Parish Congregational Church records.
CR4 - East Parish Fourth Congregational Church records.
CR5 - Centre Congregational Church records.
CR6 - Second Baptist Church records.
CR7 - South Christian Church records.
CR8 - Records of the Quaker Monthly Meeting, Amesbury and Hampton.
ch. - child
chn. - children
Co. - county
Ct.F - court files, Essex Co. Quarterly Court.
Ct.R - court record, Essex Co. Quarterly Court.
Dea. - deacon
dup. - duplicate entry
GR1 - gravestone record, Pentucket Cemetery.
GR2 - gravestone record, North Parish Burying Ground.
GR3 - gravestone record, Ancient West Parish Cemetery.
GR4 - gravestone record, Walnut Cemetery.
GR5 - gravestone record, Greenwood Cemetery.
GR6 - gravestone record, Linwood Cemetery.
GR7 - gravestone record, Second West Parish Cemetery.
GR8 - gravestone record, Hillside Cemetery.
GR9 - Hilldale Cemetery.
h. - husband; hour.
inf. - infant
int. - intention of marriage.
jr. - junior
m. - male; married; month.
PR1 - Record of marriage licenses among the Wheatland Papers, Vol. VII, now is possession of the Essex Institute.
PR2 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Alice (Nichols) Gardner.
PR3 - Bible record in possession of Mrs. Clara Carleton Pearl.
PR4 - Bible record in possession of Miss Elizabeth Goodrich.
PR5 - Bible record now in possession of Miss Caroline Duncan.
PR6 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Florence L. Hayden.
PR7 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. L. P. Irving.
PR8 - Bible records now in possession of Mrs. Sarah A. Newcomb.
PR9 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Elbridge Gerry Kimball.
PR10 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. John Ward Cook.
PR11 - Record now in possession of Mrs. A. J. Woodman, Danvers.
PR12 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. James Davis.
PR13 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Walter Nickols.
PR15 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Frank H. Russ.
PR16 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. George E. Elliott.
PR17 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Rufus L. Chase.
PR18 - Bible record now in possession of James How.
PR19 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. S. A. Strickland.
PR20 - Bible record now in possession of Miss Anna Gile.
PR21 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. George W. Kimball.
PR22 - Sampler now in possession of Miss Mary West.
PR23 - Bible record now in possession of Geroge C. Martin.
PR24 - Bible records now in possession of Mrs. Henry Merrill.
PR25 - Bible record now in possession of Henry LeBosquet.
PR26 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Jackson Haynes.
PR27 - Parchment record now in possession of Jackson Haynes.
PR28 - Record now in possession of Moses Riland Chase.
PR29 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Emily Webster Hastings, Watertown.
PR30 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. John C. Tilton.
PR31 - Bible record now in possession of Miss Florence Tolman Blunt.
PR32 - Bible records now in possession of Amos Davis.
PR33 - Bible record now in possession of Frederick Kimball.
Pe34 - Bible record now in possession of Mr. Jessie Atwood.
PR35 - Bible record now in possession of Charles F. Morse.
PR36 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Charlotte Pettengill.
PR37 - Bible record now in possession of Hazen Moody Chase.
PR38 - Bible record now in possession of Philip C. Swett.
PR39 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Mary Olive Weeden, Plaistow, N.H.
PR40 - Bible record now in possession of Arthur N. Currier.
PR41 - Sampler now in possession of Mrs. Florence E. Hopkinson.
PR42 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Florence E. Hopkinson.
PR43 - Bible record now in possession of Charles Henry Wells.
PR44 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Julia Ann Webster.
PR45 - Records now in possession of Otis Ladd Johnson.
PR46 - Bible records now in possession of Mrs. A. H. Johnson.
PR47 - Family Register now in possession of Charles H. Burnham.
PR48 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. A. H. Brown.
PR49 - Bible record now in possession of Leslie K. Morse.
PR50 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Henry H. Johnson.
PR51 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Milton Chase.
PR52 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Walter Ford.
PR53 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Ann E. Butters.
PR54 - Bible record now in possession of Miss Lucy Ann Brickett.
PR55 - Sampler now in possession of Mrs. Abbie S. Foster.
PR56 - Bible record now in possession of Albert E. Kenison.
PR57 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. George W. Kimball.
PR58 - Ledger now in possession of Mrs. Nason.
PR59 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. George How.
PR60 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. William H. Dixon.
PR61 - Bible record now in possession of William Sargent.
PR62 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Amos Hazeltine.
PR63 - Records now in possession of George Franklin Webster.
PR64 - Bible records now in possession of Mrs. L. S. Irving.
PR65 - Bible record now in possession of George W. Russ.
PR66 - Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Frances G. Plummer.
PR67 - Sampler now in possession of the Haverhill Historical Society.
PR68 - Bible record now in possession of Ebenezer Webster.
PR69 - Manuscript record now in possession of Harrison Whitaker.
PR70 - Bible record now in possession of Amos Hazeltine.
rec. - recorded
s. - son
sr. - senior
t.c. - town copy
unm. - unmarried
w. - wife; week.
wid. - widow.
widr.- widower.
y. - year.

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