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Vital Records of Shirley, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1918).


B.R. - Bolton Record, from a compilation by Mrs. Charles Knowles Bolton of Brookline (presume, MA), now in her possession. It contains material some of which is not now obtainable elsewhere, and includes church records, doctors' records, diaries,and Bible records
G.R.1. - gravestone record,Shirley Centre Cemetery
G.R.2. - gravestone record, Shirley Village Cemetery
G.R.3. - gravestone record,Shaker Cemetery, Lancaster, near the Shirley boundary.
G.R.4 - gravestone record, French Cemetery
R.R. - Rebellion Record
S.C.F. - Suffolk Court Files
T.C. - Town Copy


Pages 93-94


Aaron, s. John and Hannah (Sawtell), bp. Sept. 23, 1764, B.R.
Abner ([A]bner), s. Abner and Sarah, Oct. 22, 1755.
Albert, ch. Artemas and Rebecah, Sept. 4, 1813.
Asa, s. John and Hannah (Sawtell), bp. Feb. 8, 1767, B.R.
Charles, s. Rev. Phinehas and Lydia, Jan.--. [bp. Jan. 5, 1794, B.R. b. Jan. 2, 1794, G.R.1.]
Charles Addington, s. Charles and Dolly, Oct. 10, 1821.
Charles William, s. Charles and Dolly, Aug. 25, 1817.
Clarissa, d. Rev. Phinehas and Lydia, ---. [Dec. 2, 1790, B.R.]
Elijah, ch. Abner and w., bp. Aug. --, 1769, B.R.
Elizabeth (Whitnay), d. Rev. Phinehas and Lydia, Nov. 8, 1775.
Elizabeth Davenport, d. Charles and Dolly, Oct. 23, 1819.
George Alfred, s. Thomas and Henrietta, Mar. 30, 1809.
Henrietta Parker, d. James P. and Lydia B. P., Mar. 11, 1837, B.R.
Henry Augustus, s. Charles and Dolly, Oct. 6, 1823.
James P. (see Phinehas James Whitney).
John, s. John Jr. and Hannah, Feb. 23, 1761.
Lydia, d. Rev. Phineas and Lydia, Sept. 8, 1773.
Nicholas Bowes, s. Rev. Phinehas and Lydia, Mar. 21, 1772.
Oliver,s. John and w., bp. Apr.31[sic], 1769, B.R.
Phinehas James, s. Thomas and Henrietta, Aug. 8, 1802.
Phinehas Sullivon, s. Rev. Phinehas and Lydia, July 6, 1785.
Prescott, ch. Artemas and Rebecah, Apr. 29, 1816.
Rebecca Cooke, d. Rev. Phineas and Lydia, Sept. 2, 1781. [dup. July 2, B.R.]
Royal, s. Abner and Sarah, Sept. 11, 1757.
Salmon [Solomon, T.C.], s. John Jr. and Hannah, June 28, 1759.
Sarah, d. Rev. Phinehas and Lydia, Dec. 19, 1787.
Solomon (see Salmon)
Susannah, d. Cornelius and Sarah, bp. May 12, 1734, B.R.
Thomas, s. Rev. Phinehas and Lydia, Mar. 19, 1771. [dup. Mar. 21, B.R.]
Thomas, s. Thomas and Henrietta, Apr. 17, 1800. [[h. Sally B.] G.R.1]
Thomas Edwin, s. Thomas Jr. and Sally [Sally B.,G.R.1], Nov. 1, 1825.
Varnum, ch. Artemas and Rebecah, May 26, 1818. [May 25, B.R.]
William, ch. Abner and w., bp. Aug. --, 1769, B.R.
William, s. Rev. Phin[eha]s and Lydia, Oct. 30, 1778. [dup. Oct. 31, B.R.]
William Fisk, s. William and Elizebeth, May 19, 1803.
-----, s. Ezra, May 17, 1756.
-----, d. Ezra, Dec. 18, 1757.
-----, ch. John Jr., bp. Aug. --, 1763, B.R.
-----, s. William, Sept. 17, 1804, B.R.
-----, twin s. and d. William, Jan. 16, 1806, B.R.
-----, s. William, Sept. 17, 1807. B.R.
-----, d. Rebecca, Jan. 27, 1822, B.R.
-----, d. Rebecca, Nov. 12, 1823, B.R.


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Artemas of Bolton and Rebecah Smith, Apr. 4, 1816. [Rebecca, B.R.]
Clarissa [int. Clarrissa] and Henry Isaacs of Mason, N.H., May 4, 1815. [Clarissa, B.R.]
Elizabeth and Dr. Amos Parker of Bolton, May 1, 1805.
James P. Esq. and Lydia B. P. Treadwell of Ipswich, int. May 8, 1836. [James Phinehas Whitney, m. May 31, B.R.]
James P., Hon., and Sarah Ann Treadwell of Ipswich, int. May 24, 1846.
Lydia and John Watson of Amhurst, N.H., Jan. 8, 1804.
Mellen [int. Mellens] of Sterling and Jane Richardson, Jan. 7, 1796. [Mellen of Sterling, B.R.]
Phenehas, Rev., and Mrs. Jeane Gaffield of Fitchburg, int. Feb. 19, 1809. [Jane Garfield, m. Mar. 8, B.R.]
Phin[eha]s (W[torn]) [Whitney, T.C.], Rev., and Mrs. [Miss, T.C.] Lydia Bowes of [torn]ton [Groton, T.C.], int. Mar. 3, 1770. [Whitney and Lydia Bowes of Bedford, m. ----, B.R.]
Rebeccah [int. Rebecah] Cook and William Bellamy Miriam of Bedford [int. Merriam of Winchenton], May 16, 1801. [Rebecca Clark [dup. Cooke] Whitney and William Bellamy Merriam of Winchindon [dup. Meriam of Bedford], B.R.]
Thomas [int. Capt.] and Henriettea [ int. Henrietta] Parker, July 7, 1799. [Thomas and Henneritta Parker, B.R.]
Thomas Jr. and Sally Barrett, int. Sept. 15, 1822. [m. Oct. 10, B.R.]
William and Elizabeth Fisk of Bedford, int. Apr. 12, 1801. [m. Mar. 29, 1802, B.R.]


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Beulah, d. John and Rebacah, Feb. 7, 1763.
Charles, s. Charles, "very suddenly," Dec. 14, 1820, B.R. [Charles W., ch. Charles and Dolly, Dec. 13, G.R.1.]
Charles, Oct. 6, 1832, G.R.1.
Dolly [----], w. Charles, Nov. 15, 1793, G.R.1.
Elizabeth D., d. Charles, Dec. 18, 1820, a. 1, B.R. [ch. Charles and Dolly, G.R.1.]
James P. Esq., m., merchant, s. Thomas and Henrietta, consumption, Jan. 14, 1847, a. 44y. 6m. 13d. [Hon., G.R.1]
Lydia, w. Phin[eha]s, Oct. 11, 1805, in 56th y. [w. Rev. Phinehas, in 57th y., G.R.1]
Lydia B. P., housekeeper, consumption, Feb. 28, 1842, a. 26y. 6m. 22d. [w. James P., G.R.1]
Mariam, w. Rev. Ph[i]n[eha]s, Mar. 20, 1769, in 29th y. [Miriam, G.R.1]
Phinehas, Rev., Dec. 13, 1819, in 80th y., G.R.1.
Phinehas James (see James P.)
Prescott, s. Artemas and Rebeccah, July 10, 1827, a. 11, B.R.
Sally, d. Artemas and Rebeccah, July 11, 1827, B.R.
Thomas, m., merchant, s. Phinehas and Lydia B., consumption, Jan. 14, 1844, a. 72y. 9m. 25d. [Thomas Esq., G.R.1]
William, m., baggage master, b. Weston, breaking of bridge on railroad, Oct. 27, 1847, a. 38. [Oct. 29, G.R.2]
-----, ch. Rebecca, Nov. --, 1823, a. 24hrs, B.R.

[torn]he son of Ezra Whitney &
[torn]wife born in Shirley May th 17 1756
[torn]tney the Daughter of Ezra Whitney &
[torn]s wife born in Shirley Decemb th 18 1757

[torn]bner Whitney the son of Abner Whitney & Sarah
his wife born in Shirley Oct th 22 1755
Royal Whitney the son of Abner Whitney & Sarah his
wife born in Shirley Sept the 11 1757

Beulah Whitney the Daughter of Mr John
[torn]hitney and Rebecah his wife Died in
[torn]rley February 7 1763


From "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1910," from original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004.




Whitney, Amasa, marriage, 1870, vol. 227, p. 258:

[number] 3; [marriage date and place] Feb. 10 /70; [date of record] --; [groom] Amasa Whitney; [residence] New Bedford; [age] 57; [occupation] Cooper; [birthplace] Bolton; [parents] Samuel & Lucy Whitney; [number of marriage] Third; [bride] Nancy S. Norris; [residence] Shirley; [age] 35; [occupation] --; [birthplace] Lowell; [parents] Oliver & Betsy Barrett; [number of marriage] Second; [officiant] E. H. Page, Baptist Clergyman, Groton Junction, Ms.

Whitney, Everett W., marriage, 1858, vol. 118, p. 169:

[number] 2; [marriage date and place] March 24, 1858; [date of record] --; [groom] Everett W. Whitney; [residence] Upton; [age] 21; [occupation] Boot maker; [birthplace] Upton; [parents] Daniel & ----- Whitney; [number of marriage] First; [bride] Rebecca Jane Balcom; [residence] Shirley; [age] 22; [occupation] --; [birthplace] Lancaster; [parents] Thaddeus & Rebecca Balcom; [number of marriage] First; [officiant] Rev. Seth Chandler, minister of the Unitarian Church, Shirley Centre.

Whitney, Francis, marriage, 1867, vol. 200, p. 251:

[number] 12; [marriage date and place] Novr. 23rd, 1867; [date of record] --; [groom] [[Family:Whitney, Francis (c1830-a1875)}|Francis Whitney]]; [residence] Shirley; [age] 40; [occupation] Mule spinner; [birthplace] Marlboro; [parents] Ransford & Eunice Whitney; [number of marriage] Second; [bride] Nancy Sutton; [residence] Shirley; [age] 39; [occupation] --; [birthplace] Douglass; [parents] Whipple & Susan Freeman; [number of marriage] Second; [officiant] James Gerrish, Justice of Peace, Shirley.

Whitney, Hattie E., marriage, 1882, vol. 335, p. 212:

[number] 10; [marriage date and place] July 6; [date of record] --; [groom] Henry C. Clifford; [residence] Worcestr; [age] 28; [occupation] Lawyer; [birthplace] Paris, Me.; [parents] Jona. K. & H. M. Clifford; [number of marriage] First; [bride] Hattie E. Whitney; [residence] Shirley; [age] 24; [occupation] At home; [birthplace] Fitchburg; [parents] Chas. H. & Abbie A. Whitney; [number of marriage] First; [officiant] C. H. Whitney, Clergyman.

Whitney, Henrietta P., marriage, 1862, vol. 154, p. 191:

[number] 10; [marriage date and place] Oct. 23d, 1862; [date of record] --; [groom] Andrew M. F. Davis; [residence] Worcester; [age] 28; [occupation] Lawyer; [birthplace] Worcester; [parents] John & Eliza Davis; [number of marriage] First; [bride] Henrietta P. Whitney; [residence] New York; [age] 25; [occupation] --; [birthplace] Shirley; [parents] James P. & [B. P. Whitney]; [number of marriage] First; [officiant] Edward E. Hale, Clergyman.

Whitney, Mary A., marriage, 1875, vol. 272, p. 164:

[number] 8; [marriage date and place] Sept. 30; [date of record] --; [groom] James S. Mcgowan; [residence] Worcester; [age] 35; [occupation] Switchman; [birthplace] Montreal, Can.; [parents] Wm. & Catherine Mcgowan; [number of marriage] First; [bride] Mary A. Whitney; [residence] Shirley; [age] 23; [occupation] --; [birthplace] Fitchburg; [parents] Chas H. & A. A. Whitney; [number of marriage] First; [officiant] Chas. H. Whitney, Clergyman.

Whitney, Rebecca H., marriage, 1855, vol. 88, p. 141:

[number] 4; [marriage date and place] Jany 9th, 1855; [date of record] --; [groom] Lewis Brigham; [residence] Templeton; [age] 48; [occupation] Farmer; [birthplace] Templeton; [parents] Edmund & Mary Brigham; [number of marriage] Second; [bride] Rebecca H. Whitney; [residence] Shirley; [age] 47; [occupation] --; [birthplace] Bolton; [parents] Levi & ----- Whitney; [number of marriage] First; [officiant] Orren Perkins, Minister of the Universalist Church, Shirley Village.

Whitney, Sarah F., marriage, 1868, vol. 209, p. 236:

[number] 8; [marriage date and place] July 15; [date of record] --; [groom] Ai Bicknell; [residence] Westford; [age] 25; [occupation] Laborer; [birthplace] Westford; [parents] Ira & Martha Bicknell; [number of marriage] Second; [bride] Sarah F. Whitney; [residence] Westford; [age] 21; [occupation] --; [birthplace] Westford; [parents] Nathaniel & Susan Whitney; [number of marriage] First; [officiant] Seth Chandler, Pastor, First Cong. Ch., Shirley.


Russell, Josie A. [Whitney], death, 1909, vol. 1909/86 (Death), p. 43:

[number] 28; [death date and place] October 15, 1909, Groton; [date of record] Nov. 5, 1909; [name] Josie A. Russell (m.n.) Josie A. Whitney; [sex] Female; [marital status] Widow of Winslow E. Russell; [age] 63 6 15; [cause] Intestinal obstruction, perforation of bowels; [residence] Shirley; [occupation] Housekeeper; [birthplace] Pepperell; [parents] Asa T. Whitney, Martha Hunt; [parents' birthplaces] Merrimack, N.H., Groton; [buried] Groton.
NOTE: The surname should be Whiting, not Whitney.

Whitney, Abraham, death, 1882, vol. 338, p. 174:

[number] 11; [death date and place] Aug. 9; [date of record] --; [name] Abraham Whitney (Shaker); [sex] Male; [marital status] Single; [age] 97 4 -; [cause] Catarrh of his bladder; [residence] Shirley; [occupation] Basketmaker, gardner; [birthplace] Bolton; [parents] Elijah & Sarah Whitney; [parents' birthplaces] Harvard, Bolton.

Whitney, Frances J., death, 1888, vol. 392, p. 210:

[number] 8; [death date and place] May 13; [date of record] May 14; [name] Frances J. Whitney; [sex] Female; [marital status] Single; [age] 71 1 1; [cause] Pneumonia; [residence] Shirley; [occupation] Seamstress; [birthplace] Boston; [parents] Samuel & Frances Whitney; [parents' birthplaces] Unknown; [buried] Shaker Cem.

Whitney, Henrietta [Parker], death, 1864, vol. 175, p. 167:

[number] 19; [death date and place] Nov. 6th, 1864; [date of record] --; [name] Henrietta (Parker) Whitney; [sex] Female; [marital status] Widowed; [age] 89 4 3; [cause] Old age & dropsy; [residence] Shirley; [occupation] Housekeeper; [birthplace] Shirley; [parents] James Parker, Sarah (Dickinson) Parker; [parents' birthplaces] Groton, Harvard.

Whitney, James P., death, 1847, vol. 27, p. 60:

[number] 9; [death date and place] Jan. 14, 1827 [sic]; [date of record] Feby. 13, 1847; [name] Hon. James P. Whitney; [sex] Male; [marital status] Married; [age] 44 6 13; [cause] Consumption; [residence] --; [occupation] Merchant; [birthplace] Shirley; [parents] Thomas and Henrietta Whitney; [parents' birthplaces] --.

Whitney, Lucy [-----], death, 1852, vol. 67, p. 142:

[number] 5; [death date and place] February 29, 1852; [date of record] --; [name] Lucy Whitney; [sex] Female; [marital status] Widowed; [age] 97 - -; [cause] Lung fever; [residence] Shirley; [occupation] --; [birthplace] Grafton; [parents] --; [parents' birthplaces] --.

Whitney, Lydia B. P., death, 1842, vol. 1, p. 85:

[number] [3]; [death date and place] Feb. 28th, 1842; [date of record] --; [name] Lydia B. P. Whitney; [sex] Female; [marital status] --; [age] 26 - -; [cause] Consumption; [residence] --; [occupation] --; [birthplace] --; [parents] --; [parents' birthplaces] --.

Whitney, Sally B. [Barrett], death, 1868, vol. 212, p. 188:

[number] 4; [death date and place] Apr. 30, 1868; [date of record] --; [name] Sally B. Whitney; [sex] Female; [marital status] Widowed; [age] 68 - 11; [cause] --; [residence] Shirley; [occupation] --; [birthplace] Concord; [parents] Stephen & Sally Barrett; [parents' birthplaces] Concord.

Whitney, Thomas, death, 1865, vol. 184, p. 143:

[number] 26; [death date and place] Dec. 6th, 1865; [date of record] --; [name] Thomas Whitney, Esq.; [sex] Male; [marital status] Married; [age] 65 7 19; [cause] Paralysis; [residence] Shirley; [occupation] Farmer; [birthplace] Shirley; [parents] Thomas Whitney, Henrietta (m.n.) Parker; [parents' birthplaces] Shirley, Shirley.

Whitney, Thomas, death, 1844, vol. 9, p. 50:

[number] 12; [death date and place] Jan. 14th, 1844, Shirley; [date of record] Jan. 14th, 1844; [name] Thomas Whitney; [sex] Male; [marital status] Married; [age] 72 9 23; [cause] Consumption; [residence] --; [occupation] Merchant; [birthplace] Shirley; [parents] Phineas & Lydia Whitney; [parents' birthplaces] --.

Whitney, Thomas B., death, 1876, vol. 284, p. 159:

[number] 22; [death date and place] Oct. 25; [date of record] --; [name] Thomas B. Whitney; [sex] Male; [marital status] Single; [age] 50 11 25; [cause] Stomatitis; [residence] Shirley; [occupation] Farmer; [birthplace] Shirley; [parents] Thos. & Sally Whitney; [parents' birthplaces] Shirley, Shirley.

Whitney, William, death, 1847, vol. 33, p. 82:

[number] 36; [death date and place] Oct. 27, 1847; [date of record] Oct. 30, 1847; [name] William Whitney; [sex] Male; [marital status] Married; [age] 38 - -; [cause] Braking of bridge on railroad; [residence] --; [occupation] Baggagemaster; [birthplace] Weston; [parents] --; [parents' birthplaces] --.

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