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Braintree, Mass. Vital Records
Births, Deaths, & Marriages 
1640 - 1793

Order item B317


The book is 224 pages, not indexed, names listed alphabetically, soft cover with a plastic comb binding, and available for $36.98 + $3.99 shipping & handling charge (Add $1.00 S&H for each additional volume ordered).

Order item B317.1  


The book's full text has been converted to PDF format which is easily searchable for key words, names, dates, places, etc.  Priced at $14.95 plus $3.99 shipping & handling charge. (Add $1.00 S&H for each additional volume ordered.)

The Adobe Acrobat Reader software program is required in order to view these books on the disk.  Using the Acrobat Reader program you can easily search for names, dates, locations, etc., which appear in the books. You can also print paper copies of the books. The software program and installation instructions are included on the disk.  

History of Braintree Massachusetts

The town of Braintree at its incorporation in 1640 covered what is now the towns of Braintree, Randolph, Holbrook, parts of Milton and the City of Quincy. See those other communities for a more complete view of the history of this area.

The northeast coast and the area of Massachusetts was well known to European fisherman and traders, but it was first described by Captain John Smith in 1614. In "A Description of New England", there is a map that shows the "high mountaine of Massachusit", probably the Blue Hills. Smith also spoke of the "Countrie of the Massachusets", which is the paradise of all these parts".

The first European settlement was probably that of Captain Wollaston, who in 1625 with a group of colonists, cleared some land in what is now the city of Quincy. Wollaston and most of the settlers remained for only about one year and then left for Virginia. After Wollaston's departure, Thomas Morton assumed leadership of the colony and renamed it Merry Mount. His leadership lasted until 1627 when the neighboring Plymouth sent Captain Myles Standish to arrest him and send him back to England. He returned to the colony in 1629 wherupon he was arrested, his possessions were seized, and his house was burned to the ground in sight of the Indians.

The next known colonists were from the Braintree Company, formed in Essex County, England, by the Rev. Thomas Hooker. They settled in 1632 near Mount Wollaston. The members of the company did not remain long, they were removed to Newtowne (now Cambridge), then to what is now Hartford, Connecticut. Some of the members returned to form the town of Braintree in 1640.

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