Thursday, September 11, 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 231: Birth Records for Children of Nathan and Abigail (Knowlton) Gates in Gardner, 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 record of the births of the children of Nathan and Abigail (Knowelton) Gates of Gardner, Massachusetts.

The records of the children of Nathan and Abigail Gates:

The transcription of these records is:

Nathan Gates and Abagail his wife Record of their children:


Nathan Born April 13^th 1791
Jeremiah Born March 21^st 1792
Abel Born July 10^th 1793
Asaph Born Dec^m 7^th 1794
Luke Born Feb^u 14^th 1796
Abigail Born Feb 24^th 1797
Luther Born April 5^th 1798
Amos Born No^v 6^th 1799
Susanna was born Feb^r 17- 1801
an infant girl born Feb^r 8^th 1803
Lucinda Born March 9^th 1805
Clarissa Born May 25-d 1806
Jeremiah Knolton Born Sept 28- 1808
James Eliot Born June 11- 1810
Benj Adderson born Feb^r 26- 1813


Luke Died May 21^st 1796
an infant girl Died Feb^r 12^th 1803

The source citation for one of the births, that of Abigail Gates (my 3rd great-grandmother) is:

Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, digital images, (, "Gardner Births, Marriages and Deaths," page 33 (stamped) (image 26 of 779), Abagail Gates birth entry.

Note that Abigail (Knowlton) Gates had 15 children in a 22 year period.  The first 8 were born in an 8 year, 7 month period.  There were only two infant deaths.  

My first impression was that this is an Original Source record with Primary Information and Direct Evidence of the birth of the children of Nathan and Abigail (Knowlton) Gates.  A look at the first page image of this collection is:

The book that the record was in is certainly the first book on the list above:  

Gardner Births and Deaths, 1762-1843. No. 1.  202 pages & page 445.  (Arranged by family; index; most of the records are from 1781-1818).  FICHE 1-4.

It seems to me that almost every entry in the family section, which is most of the book, are in one hand and were likely transcribed from another record book, which is probably no longer available.  Therefore, it is a Derivative Source with Primary Information and Direct Evidence.

Note that this database was obtained from:

 Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook).

These records were put on microfiche by the Holbrooks many years ago, which is why the description says FICHE 1-4.

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