Thursday, August 17, 2017

1742/3 Marriage Record for Nathan Reed and Susanna Wood in Boston, Mass. - Post 378 of Treasure Chest Thursday

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - a chance 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  1742/3 marriage record of Nathan Reed and Susanna Wood in Boston, Massachusetts: 

The Reed/Wood marriage is on the right-hand page, fifth up from the bottom:

The transcription is (the page heading says "From the records of Trinity Church"):

Nathan Reed " [&] Susanna Wood " [by] same [Rev. Addington Davenport]   Feb^y 9 " [1742]

The source citation for this record is:

"Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," digital images, ( : accessed 16 August 2017), Boston > "Church Marriages, 1751-1761," Trinity Church (image 29 of 61), Nathan Reed and Susanna Wood marriage entry, 1742.

This marriage record is for Nathan Reed (1719-1802) of Woburn and Susanna Wood (1724-1780) of Woburn, solemnized at the Trinity Church in Boston, Massachusetts.  

The correct date is 9 February 1742/3, although the entry says 1742;  the last six entries on the right-hand page are in date order after November 9, 1742 and are surely 1742/3 due to the 1752 change in calendar dates.  Note: I don't add 9 days to the pre-1752 dates in order to bring it up to the current calendar relationships.

Since this is a transcription in a Boston record book of the original record in the church record book, it is a Derivative source.  There are six entries in this Massachusetts town and vital records collection on Ancestry for this marriage, and they are all derivative sources and they all agree.  

Nathan and Susanna (Wood) Reed are my 6th great-grandparents, through their daughter Susanna Reed (1745-1833), who married Simon Gates (1739-1803) in 1766 in Marlborough, Massachusetts and resided in Gardner, Mass..


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1 comment:

Geolover said...

The year-dates "yyyy/yz" were not used until the date change of 1752.