Here is the Town Clerk's Records from Beverly, Massachusetts. I'm researching the HICKS family, sometimes spelled HIX in the vital records. My 4th great grandmother, Susanna Hix (1768 - 1859) was born in Beverly, but her death record did not list her parents. I suspect that her parents were the Abraham and Sarah HIX listed here. The records list two children, Joanna and Abraham, who might be her older siblings. I found evidence in the records of four other siblings (marriages and deaths), so I know that all the births were not recorded. Abraham died in 1767 in Beverly (listed in the VRs).
While wondering about Abraham and Sarah, I noticed this note above the entry for the HIX family, written in teeny tiny lettering. This message is not transcribed in any other record of the Beverly records, it is only available when looking at the actual book in Beverly or at the scanned image of the Town Clerk Book available at FamilySearch.org.
This message says:
"Dec 19 1757 a warrant was issued "to warn Abraham Hix to depart out of the town be being an inhabitant of Plimoth in the County of Plimoth"
If you are unfamiliar with the term "warned out", it was a complaint issued by towns who did not want to support paupers or those asking for assistance who were not proper residents of the town. The "warning out" did not mean that the constable escorted them out of the town limits, but after being warned the town would no longer support this family.
It was also a very good clue to Abraham HIX's origins. I did find him in the Plymouth, Massachusetts records, and his parents before him were Abraham HICKS and Desire TROWBRIDGE.
While patting myself on my back about this good fortune in reading the note, I also noticed another note, in the same teeny weeny handwriting, in the bottom margin of the page
This note read:
"Trisse Lovett, daughter of Susanna Hix born January 31, 1790"
Did you notice that this message lists the mother (my 4th great grandmother) under her maiden name, five years before her marriage to Josiah STONE. I have not found a marriage between a LOVETT and Susanna HIX, so I am assuming this was an illegitimate birth for now.
Unless I find another note in another record book.
And I'll be sure to check the marginalia!
These images are from "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1627-2001," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-22577-3712-91?cc=2061550&wc=M947-HBG:n2079469534 : accessed 31 Oct 2013), Essex > Beverly > Births, marriages, deaths 1653-1890 > image 239 of 589.
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