Archive:York, Maine, Vital Records
Bragdon, Lester MacKenzie, and Frost, John E., Vital Records of York, Maine, prior to 1892 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1992).
The Town of York, Maine, successively known as Agamenticus, Bristol, Gorgeana and York, settled about 1630, and incorporated as a town in 1652, is situated in the southern part of York County. A portion of the town was set off to South Berwick in 1834.
The contributor of this material was Town Clerk from 1929 to 1935, and during his term of office copied all existing vital records of the town to 1 Jan. 1892, the date when compulsory recording became effective in Maine.
The original, which is the earliest existing record of births in York, is a book bound in full leather, measuring approximately 14-3/8 inches high by 9 inches wide by 2-3/16 inches thick. The spine is marked "...Records Vol 1 1646-1724." From the front the paging runs 4 to 422, both inclusive, and contains land-grants, etc., commencing with land laid out to John Dill's heirs, 15 March 1721/2, and ending with land laid out to Isaac Provinder, 29 Jan. 1721/2. From the other side of the book, on pages numbered 423 to 515, both inclusive, but excepting pages 452 to 485, inclusive, are found records of town meetings, ending with the meeting of 9 Oct. 1721. Pages 452 to 485, both inclusive, but excepting page 469, contain early records of births, which were not made contemporaneously, as they occurred, but during enumerations by the Town Clerks. These are reproduced as nearly verbatim as possible in the following copy. The sign "#", when used in the original, apparently indicated that the individual whose name was thus marked was dead before the enumeration was made. The use of the square brackets "[--]" indicates a mutilation of the original, and the matter within the brackets has been supplied by the copyist as is his best judgment as to the missing words or letters. The late George F. Plaisted, when making a copy of the vital records prior to 1892 for the town, called this "Book A". Page 469 contains a record of marriages performed by Capt. [Abraham] Preble, and is thus the only existing record of marriages in York prior to 1724.
N. Whitney // The Ridgesture of Nathll Whitnies Children Borne in York his wifes Maden Name Sarah foord the dafter of John foord of Kittery
[At this point George F. Plaisted, in copying this record, inserted two names from Pierce's "Whitney Family", q. v.]
Note. Nathaniel Whitney the father of these was born in York to [blank] Whitney by his Wife April. 14 1680.
Jno. Whitney the Beaths of John Whitneys Children Born in York of his Wife Lettes the dafter of John Foord of Kittery her Mothers name Johanah
- Mary Whitny borne March ye: 12: 1704/5
Samll: Whittny borne May ye. 5: 1707
Elezebeth Whitny borne May ye 7th 1709
Hannah Whitney borne Aprill ye 17: 1710
Mercy Whitney borne [blank]
Mehetible Whitny borne [blank]
John Whitney borne May 14: 1719
Abel Whitney his Children born in York of his Wife Mary the Daughter of Nicho. Cane vizt. --
- #Joanna Whitney born October ye. 10th. 1736 //
- Moses Whitney born at Wiscassett Febry. 17th; 1737/8
- Joseph Whitney born at Wiscassett March 1st; 1739/40 //
- #Daniel Whitney born in York Septr. 17th. 1741 //
- Joel Whitney born May 21. 1743. //
- Mary [blank] born Octr: 5th. 1744.
- Lydia Whitney born July 31. 1746. //
- Zebulon Whitney born Novr. 27. 1747.
- Joanna Whitney born Sepr. 27th. 1749. //
- Naphthali Whitney born Febr. 10th 1750/51
- Micha Whitney born Decer 11. 1752. //
- Daniel Whitney born Sepr. 26. 1754.
- Paul Whitney born June 30th 1756.
- Lydia Simpson born February 17. 1736/7 //
- Jeremiah Simpson born February 12. 1738/9
Isaac Whitney his Children born in York of his Wife Sarah the Daughter of Doctr. [blank] Crosby. vizt.
Doctr. John Whitney his Children born of his Wife Margaret the Daughter of Josiah Coffin Esqr. of Sherbourn on the Island of Nantucket
The above John Whitney's Children born in York of's wife Hephzibah the Daughter of Hezekiah Adams decd. vizt.
Amos Whitney his Children born in York of his Wife Sarah the Daughter of Mr. Thomas Payne, decd. vizt.
- Joseph Dunham born Janry. 31. 1777.
- Jeremiah Dunham born June 29th 1778
- Hephzibah Dunham born July 24. 1780. //
- John Dunham born Octr. 21. 1782
- John Talpee [sic] born Augt. 12th. 1775 [over "6"]. //
- Richard Talpe born Sepr. 7th. 1778
|Page||No||Intention Record||Marriage Record|
|50||103||Nathan Whitney of Biddeford & Lydia Young of York intend Marriage, Entered Augt 29. 1730||Novembr 12. 1730|
|128||54||Abel Whitney & Mary Cane both of York intend Marriage, Entred Octobr. 4. 1735||Novr. 13-1735 by ye Revd. Mr Saml Moody|
|128||72||Jer: Simpson and Sarah Whitney both of Yourk Intend marriage, Entred. June 26th: 1736||Married by the Revd. Mr Saml Moody July 13th. 1736|
|227||204||Isaac Whitney and Sarah Crosby both of York intend Marriage Entred February 25. 1743|
|292||54||Amos Whitney & Sarah Payne both of York intend Marriage Entred July 16. 1748.||Married Sepr 5 - 1748 by the Revd Mr Saml Chandler|
|216||Thomas Talpe and Miriam Whitney both of York intend Marriage Enter'd Decr. 24. 1774||[. . . erasure . . .]|
|217||Joseph Dunham of Wells and Hephzibah Whitney of York intend Marriage Enterd. Novr. 29. 1775||[. . . erasure . . .]|
Thomas Tapley & Meriam Whitney, m. 19 Jan 1775. [p. 359]
-----, s. John & Lettae Whitney, d. 2 May 1720, ae --. [p. 390]
Lydia, d. Nathaniel & Sarah Whitney, d. 14 J-- 1720. [p.390]
Lydia, d. Nathaniel & Sarah Whitney, d. 23 Mar 1727/8, ae --. [p. 391]
----- Whitney, the aged widow, d. 15 Jan 1795. [p. 405]
George W. Whitney, 1897-1966,
Ida C. [Whitney], 1898-1971, Village Cemetery, York [p. 565]