Thursday, September 3, 2015

Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 278: 1741 Birth Record of Burgess Metcalf (1741-1816) in Medway, 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 of Burgess Metcalf (1741-1816) in Medway, Massachusetts:

The birth record of Burgess Metcalf is on the right-hand page, third up from the bottom:

The transcription of the record is:

Burgess Metcalf son of Michael Metcalf &
Melatiah his wife was born Aug. 28th 1741

The source citation for this record is:

Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, digital image, (, Medway, "Births, Marriages and Deaths, Births," page 26 (image 44 of 1171), Burgess Metcalf birth record, 1741; citing original data from Massachusetts town and city clerk records in Jay and Delene Holbrook, Massachusetts Vital and Town Records (Provo, Utah : Holbrook Research Institute), Microfiche collection.

This record is obviously a transcription of an earlier record since all of the entries are in the same hand.  So it is a Derivative Source (a transcription), Primary Information (likely first recorded near the time of the event) and Direct Evidence (it provides the child's name, parents names, and birth date).

Burgess Metcalf is my fifth great-grandfather, who married Jerusha --?-- in about 1770, and fathered ten children, including my 4th great-grandmother, Mary "Polly" Metcalf (1780-1855), who married Amos Underhill (1772-1865) in 1801 in Piermont, Grafton county, New Hampshire.

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