Sandwich MA vital records?

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Are the vital records, especially the death records, available online anywhere for Sandwich, MA? They aren’t on There’s a number of ancestors from the 18th and early 19th century with no death records that I could find.

Were they lost, or are they out there somewhere?


WikiTree profile: Mehitable Tobey
in Genealogy Help by Christopher Kenney G2G6 (7.5k points)

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I have the paper 3 volume set, but they're also available on if you are a member.

I'll take a look at her.
by Bobbie Hall G2G6 Pilot (232k points)
selected by Christopher Kenney

The orginals are here on FamilySearch, if you really want to dig in ... ;)

His children's births are recorded in Sandwich: "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 July 2016), Barnstable > Sandwich > Births, marriages, deaths 1803-1842 > image 101 of 295; citing Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, Boston.

His probate docket is here:

When looking for the volumes given in that docket, you want the items from this catalog page on Family Search 

Simple answer: her death was not recorded.
Thanks for the Star Christopher! And good luck hunting through those probate records: his estate was messy from the one or two documents I looked at.
Not just her death record, but her mother and father, and her husband’s 1st wife. Something was going on with Sandwich death records during this period.

Might have been at the time, or maybe a fire got them later on. I only found her husband’s record because he died on Nantucket.

We really need to get that WIKItree time machine up and running!
Looking through what they had scanned (Vol. 259 isn’t included), it looks like Stephen died intestate, with not much of an estate. Mehitable’s 1st cousin served as executor, possibly indicating that she was still alive, but with no will, or mention of her in the inventory, which isn’t unusual, no way to say.
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by Michael Stills G2G6 Pilot (435k points)
Well so you have.  I see you have them on her profile already.
Yes, they seem to have birth and marriage records, but the death records are the elusive ones.
We might also try looking for a will for Stephen. That could tell you if she was alive at the time of his death.
Found his probate documents (see answer above.) He died intestate. Sigh.

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