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Gloucester, Massachusetts Vital Records
Births, Deaths, & Marriages 
1640 - 1850

Order item B401  


    The book's full text of 1,334 pages (approx. 71,500 names) 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 disk 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.  


    The following records of births, marriages and deaths include all entries 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 inscriptions; 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 duplication of the town clerk's record has been eliminated, but differences in entry and other explanatory matter appear in brackets. Parenthesis are used when they occur in the original record; also to indicate the maiden name of a married woman.

    When places other than Gloucester or 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 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 First Church records begin in 1703 with the pastorate of Rev. John White. The original records of the Fourth Parish have not been found and it has been necessary to use the copy preserved at the City Hall.


    A company of fishermen, known as the Dorchester Company, established itself here in 1624, but the larger number of the colonists returned to England the following year, and the remainder removed to Naumkeag, afterwards Salem.

    The General Court on May 22, 1639, ordered "that a fishing plantation shalbee begun at Cape Ann." A committee was appointed to lay out the plantation and none were allowed to settle without their permission. The authority of the committee was reaffirmed October 7, 1641 and another committee was appointed the same day to settle the bounds between Cape Ann and Ipswich. Their report is dated May 3, 1642 and mentions the meeting house at Cape Ann.

    "Gloaster" is first mentioned in the Colony records when a tax was levied June 14, 1642. The plantation without doubt was named for the cathedral city in England, from which several of the settlers emigrated. Bounds between Gloucester and Manchester were established May 15, 1672. Part of Gloucester was set off Feb. 27, 1840 as the town of Rockport.

The population of Gloucester at different periods was as follows:

1765 - 3,763

1776 - 4,512

1790 - 5,317


1800 - 5,313

1810 - 5,943

1820 - 6,384


1830 - 7,510

1840 - 6,350

1850. 7,786


1915 - 24,478


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