18th and 19th century literature
Wellfleet history and other links
revised Nov 2010
my files have this link button
outside files have this button
lines without link buttons haven't been finished yet
ongoing genealogy project. (corrections, additions and anecdotes
1800 census (PDF)
1850 census (Excel), page image PDF, HTML version, comments
of Enoch Pratt's History of Eastham, Wellfleet and Orleans,
1871. part of Antigonish County, Nova Scotia
obit for Dr William N. Stone, Jr
in Wellfleeet School Committee report
and Wellfleet births, 1720s to 1939. Births 1881-1887 are
incomplete. Sortable Excel file, sorted initially by birth date. The
major sources are
Wellfleet birth records and annual reports, and minor sources are
Wellfleet marriage and death records, and newspaper marriages and obits.
marriages, 1763-1939. Marriages 1875-1888 and 1920s are
incomplete. Sortable Excel file, sorted initially by date.The major
source is Wellfleet records, and minor ones are Massachusetts archives
and newspaper articles.
1763-1770 marriages, intentions (Wellfleet
incorporated in 1763.)
1771-1775 marriages, intentions
1776-1780 marriages, intentions
1781-1785 marriages, intentions
1786-1790 marriages, intentions
1791-1795 marriages, intentions
1796-1800 marriages, intentions
1801-1805 marriages, intentions
1806-1810 marriages, intentions
1811-1815 marriages, intentions
1816-1820 marriages, intentions
1821-1825 marriages, intentions
1826-1830 marriages, intentions
1831-1835 marriages, intentions
1836-1840 marriages, intentions
1841-1845 marriages, intentions
Intentions were recorded for
most but not all Marriages until 1842, and there are some Intentions
not have corresponding Marriages recorded. It is unclear to me
were called off, which were officiated in other towns, and which were
Intentions were supposed to be
entered in the towns of residence for both bride and groom, so many
were also recorded in other towns, but most involved two
The transcriptions are reasonably accurate and
complete, but I make
mistakes, and so did the town clerks, so caveat
vital records - some of my data as a USGenWeb
project organized by Janet Griffin.
1888-1899 births, deaths,
marriages, jurors, dog licenses from the Annual Reports (big PDF file)
(separate PDF files)
marriages, deaths, jurors &
marriages, deaths, jurors &
jurors & licences
jurors & licences
** The Annual Reports have many typos. Most are in the original, and
some more may be due to my photocopying and reading of old pages. **
of Simeon L. Deyo's History of Barnstable County, 1890.
Nason's Massachusetts Gazetteer, 1874.
Nason & Varney's Massachusetts Gazetteer, 1890.
Rosemary and Forget-Me-Nots. Betsey Libby. 1898.
Everett I. Nye. 1920. History of
Wellfleet, from early days to present time.
of South Wellfleet Massachusetts. Margaret T. Dooley. 1938.
"That Was the Island That Was"
in Cape Cod Compass. Clarece B. Daniels. 1965.
Leroy and Elmer Wiles interviewed in
The cemeteries at Duck Creek, Pleasant Hill, South
Wellfleet and Chequesset Neck were adjacent to the original church
buildings whose congregations they served.
These are all the cemeteries that seem to exist in Wellfleet:
There are 3 sets of Wellfleet cemetery
that I know of:
- Chequesset Neck, aka Taylor Hill. This is the oldest one,
early 1700s, and there are just a few stones visible and legible.
- Duck Creek. This is the major old cemetery, mostly used
of its memorials are repeated at Oak Dale.
- Pleasant Hill. This was originally the Methodist cemetery,
1815, and still in active use.
- Oak Dale. This is adjacent to Pleasant Hill, begun about
1824 by the
Congregational church, and still in active use.
- South Wellfleet. This began about 1830, and was
Congregational. It includes stones moved from the unmarked Paine Hollow
cemetery on Baker Avenue. Still in
- Lombard family. A very small cemetery used in the mid
1800s. It seems to be the only remaining family or homestead
cemetery, but there were likely others.
- French. This is a small cemetery used 1880-1924 by the
Canadian Catholic families.
- Our Lady of Lourdes. This is the current Catholic cemetery,
Duck Creek. From the early 20th century onward.
1. Mayflower Descendant, vols 10-12, published Stanley Smith's
transcriptions, c 1908 of Chequesset, Duck Creek and South Wellfleet,
through 1850, organized alphabetically, with some notes on dates, ages
and relations. A few of the stones are now missing, and some
of the data are better than the Rich Family Association's.
2. The Rich Family Association published complete records of Duck Creek
and South Wellfleet as separate volumes in the 1970s (or so,) and a
combined Pleasant Hill & Oak Dale volume in 1986. These include
most of the stones' legible texts (many have long sections no longer
legible.) The Duck Creek and South Wellfleet volumes are organized by
grid sections (an improvement over alphabetical) but have quite a few
errors. The Pleasant Hill & Oak Dale book follows their plot
making family connections much clearer. Accurate, I think.
is a huge historical project of Robert Paine Carlson, focusing more on
changing carving styles than the family relations. Organized
chronologically, it has photos and transcriptions of many stones,
mostly early ones. This is an ongoing project, and Carlson is up to the
1880s. He repeats some of RFA's errors, but his original transcriptions
are better reproductions.