GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL.
In adding the following chapters of family history no claim is made to completeness. The object has been to arrange in a readable manner all the obtainable facts. If items are recorded that seem of no special value, the chief object of their introduction has been to break the monotony of a register of vital statistics.
The plan at first was to introduce only those families that represented the founders of the town and those that came early, and only such when they had interests of long standing. After more mature consideration, it seemed best to extend the privilege, and the following letter was sent into each family: —
The history of Bedford, with genealogical sketches of families and biographical notes, is soon to be completed. If you desire your family register inserted, you will please furnish the data at once. If you wish space for illustration, together with sixty-five natives of Bedford who have already ordered, you will give it your immediate attention.
Failing to do so before Jan. 20, 1891, may necessitate the omission of your family, in which event you can have no reasonable cause for complaint.
All communications should be addressed to —
ABRAM ENGLISH BROWN,
When branches of families have ceased to be identified with the interests of the town, they have been omitted, unless the data have been supplied by interested parties. In many instances the absence of records or other information has made it impossible to present any connected or intelligent account.
It is hoped that those who have passed unheeded the printed invitations to furnish family records, and have left their promises unfulfilled, will charitably overlook not a few of the omissions and incomplete registers.
The author of this work trusts that the substance will be found of value.
These chapters are the result of much labor and anxious investigation, and will have served their purpose if they arouse any one of the present or of a future generation to emulate the virtues of their ancestors or to shun their vices.
With a hope that they may be helpful to some one better qualified to compile this branch of history, they are added as fragmentary records.
“What more precious testimonial of your love of kindred and home can you leave than that which provides for the transmission of the history of your ancestors, yourself and family, to future generations?” — Hon. Marshall P. Wilder. [*1]
Explanations and Abbreviations.
We have tried to be systematic in these registers, but in some instances a deviation will be noticed.
We first give some note on the origin of the family in this country, and earlier if known.
The surname is given when introducing the family, and printed in full-face capitals, and only repeated when a biographical note is appended to the family register.
When a man’s name is introduced as the head of a family it is given in full-face type, and is accompanied with date of marriage, name of wife, and date of death of each, as the case may be.
Then follows the register of births, children’s names being in italics. If a son is recorded later as the head of a family, a full face h is placed at the left. When not so recorded, the register is completed. The descendants of daughters are not traced unless they are found as heads of other families. When one is to be found with another family the name of husband is given as a guide.
When a daughter is not to appear through union with some other family recorded in this volume, her marriage, place of residence, etc., if known, are added to the record of her birth.
A dash between records of families having a common surname indicates the kinship as remote or not traceable, i.e.: —
John Clark, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Peter Clark, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The Arabic figures represent the generation in this country; in cases where they are omitted, it was not possible to obtain them.
Abbreviations: b., born; bap., baptized; ch., child or children.; d., died; dau., daughter; gr.-dau., granddaughter; m., married; q.v., which see.
When no state is designated, Massachusetts is understood.
- A. E. Brown’s “Genealogical register” (1891)
in History of the town of Bedford (II: p 1)
- cf. “Address of the President” (1871) [ no scan ]
in Proceedings of the New England HGS p 23