EXPLANATIONS

The following records of births, marriages and deaths include all entries to be found in the books of record kept by the town clerk; in the church records; in the cemetery inscriptions; in the returns made to the Middlesex Co. Quarterly Court; and in private records found in family Bibles, etc. These records are printed in a condenses form in which every essential particular has been preserved. All duplication of the town clerks' record has been eliminated, but differences in entry and other explanatory matter appear in brackets. Parenetheses are used when they occur in the original record; also to indicate the maiden name of a married woman.
When places other than Westford 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 when 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. When additions to the original record have been made in different ink or in pencil it is so indicated within brackets.

ABBREVIATIONS
a age h husband; hour
abb abbreviation inf infant
abt about int intention of marriage
b born jr junior
bef before m male; married; month
bet between rec recorded
bp baptized s son
bur buried sr senior
ch child TC town copy
chn children TR town record
Co county unm unmarried
CTR court record, Middlesex Co. Quarterly Court w wife;week
d daughter; day; died wid widow
Dea deacon widr widower
dup duplicate entry y year

CR1 First Congregation Church
CR2 Union Church

CEMETERY RECORDS
GR1 Fairview Cemetery
GR2 Westlawn Cemetery
GR3 Hillside Cemetery
GR4 Wright private burial ground

PRIVATE RECORDS
(Bibles, Family Records, Etc.)
PR1 Register of burials in the East Burying Ground (Fairview Cemetery), kept by Levi Snow, 2d, now in possession of the Commissioner of Public Burial Grounds
PR2 Church record kept by Rev. Leonard Luce, now in possession of the J.V. Fletcher Library
PR3 Copy of a record of deaths kept by Dea. Reuben Leighton
PR4 Copy of diary of Rev. Ebenezer Bridge of Chelmsford, now in possession of Rev. Wilson Waters of Chelmsford
PR5 Bible record now in possession of Mrs. James Hildreth
PR6 Note book record now in possession of Mrs. E.J. Whitney
PR7 Note book record now in possession of Mis Louise Blodgett
PR8 Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Lucy Keyes
PR9 Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Otis Adams of Chelmsford
PR10 Note book record now in possession of Miss Louise Blodgett
PR11 Bible record now in possession of Capt. Sherman H. Fletcher
PR12 Bible record now in possession of Mrs. Frances Prescott
PR13 Sampler record now in possession of Fred Blodgett
PR14 Bible record now in possession of Fred Blodgett
PR15 Bible record now in possession of Samuel L. Taylor
PR16 Bible record now in possession of Abiel Abbott
PR17 Bible record now in possession of Mrs. George Drew
PR18 Framed record now in possession of George E. Gould
PR19 Bible record now in possession of Miss Ida Leighton
PR20 Bible record now in possession of John M. Fletcher
PR21 Bible record now in possession of Charles O. Prescott
PR22 Family record now in possession of Mrs. Sydney B. Wright
PR23 Bible record now in possession of Samuel L. Taylor
PR24 Family record now in possession of John C. Abbot
PR25 Family record now in possession of Miss Mary L. Hutchin of Billerica


Copyright ©2005-'18
The Massachusetts
Vital Records Project