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Rochester, Massachusetts Vital Records
Births, Deaths, & Marriages 
1700s - 1850

Order item B481


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The records of births, marriages and deaths listed in this book include all entries to be found in the books of record kept by the town clerks; in the church records; in the cemetery inscriptions; and in private records found in family Bibles, histories, 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. Parentheses are used when they occur in the original record; also to show the difference in the spelling of a name in the same entry and to indicate the maiden name of a wife.

When places other than Rochester 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 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. All church records have been included.


The town of Rochester, Plymouth County, was established June 4, 1686, from common land called Sippican.

June 11, 1714, bounds were established between Rochester and Tiverton.

July 10, 1739, a part was included in the new town of Wareham.

April 9, 1836, a part was annexed to Fairhaven and bounds were established.

May 14, 1852, a part was established as Marion.

April 8, 1853, bounds were established between Rochester and Marion.

May 20, 1857, a part was established as Mattapoisett.

April 20, 1864, February 15, 1866, and June 3, 1887, bounds were established between Rochester and Wareham.

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