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From: Ray Brown <>
Subject: Re: [BOSTON] Marriages in Boston to 1809
Date: Fri, 04 Jun 2004 11:56:12 -0400
That is very true, the 8,200 that I just added for Boston, MA are the
ones that are in the City Clerks books with no other place listed. No
place listed does not aleays mean performed in Boston, but with what I
am workin on I would say that at least 99% were in Boston.
I am about 1/4 through the next part, which has people from Boston who
were married in other towns. This has same marriages from all over the
satae. Most are in the eastern part of the state, but they go as far
west as Stockbridge. From the two books there probably are about 2,000
marrages performed in other towns, which will make a large file. Almost
all of these have the place of residence for both people as well as who
performed the marrage and the town.
It would be good it all the marriages listed where they were performed,
but we can not post things that are not in the records and would only be
guesses. At least these have the neme of the Minister or J.P. who
performed them so people can check to see where he lived in that time.
In the book that I am using now there are probably amother 3,000 listed
by the church that they got married in. These are the only ones that we
can say for sure were performed in Boston, but people can not get a
certificate for these as they were not recorded with the City Clerk.
These Churched had a lot more marrages, but most in the City records so
not listed a 2nd time in this part.
Like anything that people find on the net they should use it as a
starting point, and check the records them selfs when found. This would
go for all web sites, not just mine. Yes, even comercial sites as they
just take things out of published books like the rest of us puttig info
on the net. With these being published by the Boston Records
Commisionerrs I hope that they checked all for places first.
Below is what the report of out of town marriages will look like when it
is finished. Of course the one on at the web site will have a lot more
people and lines not wrapped by the email program. Pleease notice that
each line has at the end where the marrage was performed.
Abigail of Dedham and Josiah Bumstead of Boston Aug. 13, 1794 by Rev.
Jason Haven at Dedham
Anne of Chsn. and Benjamin Babbidge of Boston June 6, 1745 by Rev. Mr.
Hull Abbot at Charlestown
mary of Eastham and John Cookson of Boston Dec. 31, 1741 by Rev. Isaiah
Lewis at Eastham
Mary of Boston and Ebenezer Tarbox Oct. 18, 1782 by Rev. Mr. Samuel
Chandler at Gloucester
Simeon of Boston and Betty Wait of Danvers Apr. 17, 1783 by Rev. Benja.
Wadsworth at Danvers
Ann of Chsn. and Shipie Townsend of Boston Aug. 18, 1748 by Rev. Mr.
Hull Abbot at Charlestown
John of Boston and Sarah Brooks of Concord Nov. 20, 1746 by Rev. D.
Bliss at Concord
Mary of Chsn. and Benja. Willis of Boston Oct. 3, 1765 by Rev. Mr. Thos.
Prentice at Charlestown
Nahum of Lancaster and Mary Thomas of Boston Dec. 1, 1796 by James
Sullivan J.P. at Lancaster
Sarah of Concord and Thomas Marston of Boston Aug. 4, 1761 by Rev. D.
Bliss at Concord
Jane of Lynn and Joseph Hunting of Boston Dec. 15, 1740 at Lynn
Joseph of Boston and Mary Reed of Chsn. Nov. 27, 1711 by Rev. Simon
Bradstreet at Charlestown
Mehetable of Framingham and William King Hagger of Boston Oct. 6, 1796
by Rev. D. Kellogg at Framingham
Rebecca of Lynn and Thomas Berry of Boston Jan. 27, 1729/30 at Lynn
Samuel of Boston and Fear Sears of Chatham Nov. 3, 1763 by Rev. Stephen
Emery at Chatham
>just because a marriage is in a brown book doesn't mean it happened in that
>town. I hope you account for that. the brown books vital records are an
>accumulation of facts about people in that town. Like say James Denning was born 2
>Jul 1822. this could be from a govt form or tax record book.
>It doesn't mean he was born at that date in that town.
>a.-sprague- and ever growing list
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