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Westport, Massachusetts Vital Records
Births, Deaths, & Marriages 
to the end of 1849

Order item B790


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1. The fact that a birth, marriage, or death is recorded in Westport does not prove that it occurred in this town; but when places other than Westport and Massachusetts are named in the original records, they are given in the printed copy.
2. In all items from town records the original spelling is followed, and no attempt is made to correct errors appearing in the records.
3. The various spellings of a name should be examined, as items about the same family or individual may be found under different spellings.
4. A baptism is not printed, if it occurs within one year after the recorded date of birth of a child of the same name and parents or if it is clear that the child baptized is identical with the child of the birth record; but variations found in the baptismal record are added to the birth record.
5. The birth of a married woman is recorded under her maiden name, if it is known. But if the maiden name cannot be determined, the entry appears under the husband's name, with a dash enclosed in brackets, i.e., [-], to signify that the maiden name is unknown. If it is not known whether the surname is that of a married or unmarried woman, ?m. is placed in brackets after the Christian name.
6. Marriages and intentions of marriage are printed under the names of both parties. When both the marriage and intention of marriage are recorded, only the marriage record is printed.
7. Additional information which does not appear in the original text of an item, i.e., any explanation, query, inference, or difference shown in other entries of the record, is bracketed. Parentheses are used to show variations in the spelling of a name in the same entry, to indicate the maiden name of a wife, to enclose an imperfect portion of the original text, and to separate clauses in the original text.

THE TOWN OF WESTPORT , Bristol County , Massachusetts was established July 2, 1787, from a part of Dartmouth .  February 25, 1793, February 28, 1795, and March 4, 1805, parts of Dartmouth were annexed to Westport .  February 20, 1828, a boundary line was established between Dartmouth and Westport .  April 10, 1861, certain lands lying east and south of a line described, after the entry of the decree of the United States Supreme Court concerning the Rhode Island boundary, were recognized as a part of Westport. June 14, 1894, a boundary line was located and defined between Fall River and Westport .  

Population by Census  

1790 ( U.S. ), 2466;                  1800 ( U.S. ), 2361;                  1810 ( U.S. ), 2585; 
1820 ( U.S. ), 2633;                  1830 ( U.S. ) 2779;                   1840 ( U.S. ), 2820; 
1850 ( U.S. ) 2795;                   1855 (State), 2822;                 1860 ( U.S. ), 2767; 
1865 (State), 2799;                 1870, ( U.S. ), 2724;                 1875 (State), 2912; 
1880 ( U.S. ), 2894;                  1885 (State), 2706;                 1890 ( U.S. ), 2599; 
1895 (State), 2678;                 1900 ( U.S. ), 2890;                  1905 (State), 2867; 
1910 ( U.S. ), 2928;                  1915 (State), 3262.

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