PREFACE

At their annual town meeting in March 1912, the residents of Pepperell voted that money be appropriated for copying the birth, marriage, and death records of the town through 1849, and that they be prepared and printed as provided by Section 1, Chapter 470 of the Acts of 1902. In checking through the town records, I found that this was never caried out. Frank R. Tule, Jr., who was town clerk in 1970, suggested that I take on the task since I was already doing genealogical research after my retirement. That was the beginning of this project.
After getting me started, Frank, wo was an old schoolmate of mine, unfortuneately died that same year. Mary Tolman was then appointed town clerk until Ann Sullivan was elected in 1973. In presenting this book of vital records, I wish to express my gratitude not only to these three town clerks who personally helped me, but also to the many long-deceased clerks who kept the records of the Groton West Parish, the district of Pepperell, and the town of Pepperell from 1742 to 1850. All of them have helped preserve a part of the past for future generations.
Naturally there were still problems in a project such as this. One of the most troublesome was deciphering faint or illegible handwriting. Another was the change from the old style dates to the new style. When the British adopted the Gregorian calendar in place of the Julian calendar in 172, they eliminated eleven days in September and moved New Year's day from March 25 to January 1. Thus the year 1753 was the first calendar year as we know it now. I have made no attempt to change the old-style dates to the new style, and thus some apparent discrepancies may occur.
Despite these difficulties, I had completed copying the cemetery gravestone records, church marriages, baptisms, and deaths by 1975. At that time, I hoped that these records could be distributed to all public libraries in Massachusetts, but funding was not available. Thus it was with great enthusiasm that I greeted the offer by the New England Historic Genealogical Society in 1983 to publish these vital statistics. I am sure that the residents of Pepperell join me in thanking the Society for helping carry out the town's resolutin of more than seventy years ago.
It has been my intention to make no errors, and I hope few are found.

George A. Rice.

ABBREVIATIONS
a abt GWP Groton West Parish, 1745-1753, west of Nashua River
abt about h husband, hour
b born inf infant
bef before int intention of marriage
bet between jr junior
bp baptized m married, month, male
bur buried rec recorded
certif certificate rem removed
ch child ret returned
chn children s son
Co county sr senior
CTR Court Record, Middlesex Co Unm unmarried
d daughter, died or day w wife
Dea deacon wid widow
dec deceased widr widower
dup duplicate entry y year

CHURCH RECORDS
CR1 Groton West Parish & First Parish Church in Pepperell
CR2 Evangelical Congregational Society

CEMETERY RECORDS
GR1 Walton Cemetery, Park St
GR2 Woodlawn Cemetery, Heald St
GR3 Pepperell Cemetery, Park St
GR4 St. Joseph's Cemetery, Jersey St
GR5 Lawrence Cemetery, (private) Hollis, NH

PRIVATE RECORDS
(Bibles, Family Records, Etc.)
PR1 Carter Family Bible, Lawrence Memorial Library

OTHER TOWNS' VITAL RECORDS
VR1 Published vital records of Groton
VR2 Published vital records of Dunstable
VR3 Published vital records of Harvard
VR4 Published vital records of Shirley
VR5 Published vital records of Littleton
VR6 Published vital records of Lowell
VR7 Published vital records of Chelmsford
VR8 Published vital records of Westford
VR9 Published vital records of Tyngsborough
VR10 Published vital records of Acton
VR11 Published vital records of Andover
VR12 Published vital records of Leominster
VR13 Published vital records of Concord (B.M.D.)
VR14 Published vital records of Dracut
VR15 Published vital records of Wilmington
VR16 Published vital records of Tewksbury
VR17 Published vital records of Billerica
VR18 Published vital records of Bedford
VR19 Published vital records of Ashburnham
VR20 Published vital records of Bolton
VR21 Published vital records of Boxborough
VR22 Published vital records of Lawrence
VR23 Published vital records of Marlborough
VR24 Published vital records of Princeton
VR25 Published vital records of Methuen
VR26 Published vital records of Stow
VR27 Published vital records of Westminster


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