EXPLANATIONS

1. When places other than Bellingham and Massachusetts are named in the original records, they are given in the printed copy.
2. In all records the original spelling is followed.
3. The various spellings of a name should be examined, as items about the same family or individual might be found under different spellings.
4. Marriages and intentions of marriages are printed under the names of both parties, but the full information concerning each party is given only in the entry under his or her name. When both the marriage and intention of marriage are recorded, only the marriage record is printed; and where a marriage appears without the intention recorded, it is designated with an asterisk.
5. 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 only when they occur i the original text, or to separate clauses found there—such as the birth-place of parents, in late marriage records.

ABBREVIATIONS
a age Jr junior
abt about m married; month
b born prob probably
ch child rec recorded
chn children s son
Co county Sr senior
d daughter; died; day w wife; week
Dea deacon wid widow
dup duplicate entry widr widower
h husband y year
hrs hours 1st first
inf infant 2d second
int intention of marriage 3d third

CHURCH RECORDS
CR Baptist church record

CEMETERY RECORDS
GR1 North Bellingham Cemetery
GR2 Bellingham Center Cemetery
GR3 South Bellingham Cemetery
GR4 Rakeville Cemetery
GR5 Scammell Cemetery

PRIVATE RECORDS
(Bibles, Family Records, Etc.)
PR1 From Wight Diary, 1755-1849, kept by Samuel Wight and his daughters, now in the possession of the Town Clerk
PR2 From Crooks family Bible


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