Early Massachusetts Marriages Prior to 1800, With the Addition of Plymouth County Marriages, 1692-1746; by Frederic W. Bailey, edited by Lucy Hall Greenlaw; Paperback; 674 pp; Published: 1897, 1914, Reprinted: 2008; ISBN: 9780806300085; Item # CF235D
This is the most complete collection of early Massachusetts marriages ever published, containing over 20,000 entries for the period 1643-1800. The marriages derive from records kept by the various county, city, and court clerks in compliance with Massachusetts law, and give the full name of the bride and groom and date and place of marriage. The book is divided into four sections covering: Worcester County; Plymouth County; Middlesex, Hampshire, Berkshire, and Bristol counties; and Plymouth County again, as transcribed from the first volume of the records of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas and an unnumbered volume of the records of the Court of General Sessions. This last section contains over 1,000 additional entries. Each section of the book is separately paginated and indexed, except for the last, which is arranged in chronological order.