Thursday, May 15, 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 214: Birth Records of Zachariah Hildreth's Children in Townsend, Mass.

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - time to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the Birth Record for the children of Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1828) and his two wives in Townsend, Massachusetts.

The transcription of the list of children is:

Aaron son of Zachriah & Elisabeth Hildreth born Oct 30th 1778
Betsy daughter of Do born June 4th 1780
Hannah daughter of Do born September 10th 1782
Zachriah son of Do born April 10th 1783
Lucy daughter of Do born July 18th 1785
Patty daughter of Do born May 16th 1787
Fanney daughter of Do born Augt 22d 1789
Nabby daughter of Do born April 16th 1791
James son of Do born July 17th 1793
Nabby daughter of Zachariah & Nabby Hildreth born Feb 27th 1795
James son of Do born July 23d 1798
Joseph son of Do born April 2d 1800
Mary daughter of Do born Augt 17th 1801
Stow son of Do born April 17th 1803
Elisabeth daughter of Do born Augt 4th 1804
John son of Do born April 4th 1806
Levi son of Do born May 8th 1808

The source citation for the record of my ancestor, second great-grandfather Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857), is:

Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, digital images, (, "Townsend Births, Marriages and Deaths, Book 6" page 98 (penned, image 163 of 1351), Zachriah Hildreth entry.

The records in this town record book were entered by family in the town record book.  This particular book was Book 6, started in 1792 (according to the first page of Book 6), and it appears that all of the entries in this family were entered by one person and probably at the same time (as opposed to one at a time when the event occurred).  Consequently, this is a Derivative Source with Secondary Information and Direct Evidence of the births of the 17 recorded children of Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1828).  

Zachariah Hildreth's first wife, Elizabeth (Keyes) Hildreth (1759-1793), died on 6 August 1793, soon after the birth of her 9th child in 14 years.  Zachariah married Abigail Hart (1775-1846), probably in 1794, and had 8 more children in the next 14 years.  The Hildreth family book says that Abigail Hart was the teenage housekeeper for Zachariah and Elizabeth (Keyes) Hildreth helping take care of their children.  

These records are also transcribed and published in the book:

Henry C. Hallowell (editor), Vital Records of Townsend, Massachusetts (Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1992).

Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857) is my second great-grandfather, and married Hannah Sawtell (1789-1857) in 1810, and they had 9 children, including my great-grandfather, Edward Hildreth (1831-1899).

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver

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