Thursday, July 12, 2018

1720 Birth Record of Meribah Wait in Dartmouth, Mass. - Post 420 for 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 1720 birth record of Meribah Wait in the Dartmouth, Massachusetts town records:

The Meribah Wait birth record is on the right-hand page of the image above in the top section which lists all of the births of the Thomas and Mary (Tripp) Wait children:

The transcription of the birth record for Meribah Wait is:

"...Maribe Wait the daughter of Thomas Wait was born the 20th day of July in year 1720..."

The source citation for this record is:

"Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," indexed records and digital images, (, "Dartmouth, Births, Marriages, Deaths" page 91,(image 439 of 2331), Maribe Wait entry.

Meribah Wait (1720-1803) was the 5th child of 8 born to Thomas and Mary (Tripp) Wait of Dartmouth, Massachusetts.  All of them are recorded in the town record on the right-hand page of the image above.  Meribah married Benjamin Soule (1719-1803) in about 1742 in Dartmouth.  

This town record is, I believe, the original entry of the birth records in the Dartmouth town record book.  It was not unusual for all of the children of a couple to be entered on one page of the town record book.  There are several "hands" apparent on this page and in the Wait family entries.

Benjamin and Meribah (Waite) Soule are my 6th great-grandparents.  I am descended from their daughter Martha Soule (1743-1828) who married David Kirby (1740-1832) in 1763 and resided in Dartmouth and Westport, Massachusetts.


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