Thursday, May 30, 2024

Treasure Chest Thursday - 1693 Birth Record of Jonathan Partridge (1693-1756) in Medfield, Massachusetts Bay

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

The treasure today is the 1693 birth entry for Jonathan Partridge in the Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts vital records:

The birth record is near the middle of the Partridge items on the image:

The transcription of this record is::

"[PARTRIDGE] Jonathan, s. John [and] Elisebeth, Nov. 25, 1693"

The source citation for this record is (using Evidence Explained 4th edition template):

Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1903), Births, page 77, Jonathan Partridge entry, 25 November 1693, son of John and Elisebeth.

This is an entry abstracted from the Medfield, Massachusetts town records, which are not available online.  It is a Derivative Source, with Primary Information and Direct Evidence of Jonathan Partridge's birth date and place, and his parents names.

Jonathan Partridge (1693-1756) was born 25 November 1693 in Medfield, Suffolk County,  Massachusetts Bay, the son of John Partridge and Elizabeth (Adams) Partridge.  Jonathan died 6 November 1756 in Barre, Worcester County, Massachusetts Bay.  He married (1) Elizabeth Learned (1696-1738) on 13 November 1717 in Framingham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay.  They had 11 children.  After Elizabeth died, Jonathan married (2) Anna Phipps (1717-1748) on 18 January 1739 in Medway, Suffolk county, Massachusetts Bay; they had 5 children.  After Anna died, Jonathan married (3) Abigail Lovett (171721-1806) on 10 September 1749 in Suffolk county, Massachusetts Bay.  They had 4 children.  

Jonathan and Elizabeth (Learned) Partridge are my 7th great-grandparents, through their son Jasper Partridge (1732-1821) who married Mary Rice (1737-1767) in 1756.


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Marian said...


I was curious when I saw that you noted that originals are not online for Medfield. As you well know, Massachusetts Vital Records are tricky because even if you find the originals they are likely not THE originals, especially for the pre-1750 records. I went down quite a rabbit hole seeing what was available for Medfield. The Medfield records unfortunately were not microfilmed by the Holbrooks when they filmed early Massachusetts town records in the 1970s (and are now available online as part of the Massachusetts, U.S., Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 on Ancestry). But I did find a step closer to the original vital records for Medfield that are online at FamilySearch.

Your specific birth record for Jonathan Partridge is found here:

The front of the volume [image 5 of 601 on FamilySearch] says "A Copy of the Record of Births, Deaths, and Marriages, in the Town of Medfield from the year 1651 to 1819. Made in pursuance to a vote of the town, passed March 4th 1850."

I'm not sure if the originals from the 1600s still exist but this is definitely a step closer than the transcribed Tan Books.

Marian Pierre-Louis

Randy Seaver said...

Hi Marian,

Thank you for looking for this record in a more original form. I should have found it in the similar Ancestry database, but I forgot to look. I was hurrying to get the post done. The old axion holds: "The hurrier I go,the behinder I get."