There would be no reason for you to know about the tan books/town books unless/until you researching folks early from Massachusetts. When you do, those books are, well, unbelievable. Each is a compilation of vital records for a given town to about the year 1850. The compilations were created from cemetery inscriptions, church records, family bibles, court records, newspapers, etc., and each record is sourced. If you check out the link I sent for the Massachusetts Vital Records Project, you can review some of the books. If this is one of your first ventures into Massachusetts research, I hope you have as much success with, find a many leads in, these vital record books as I have. Hope it helped! --GJ
You wrote (New England Researchers) “I am looking for the parents of John Brown : Birth 19 Mar 1803 Massachusetts, USA. : Death 21 Jun 1855 in Oakfield,Perry,Ohio,USA. Family lore places Brown ancestors at "The Boston Tea Party" and "The Battle of Bunker Hill".
I checked the Mass VR to 1850 database at NEA (NEHGS). You are probably familiar with the underlying records (ie., the Tan Books/Town Books). Found there were five John Brown’s born 1803 whose births there in recorded. These are listed below; the formatting won’t hold, I’m sure.
Year Family Name Record Image Orig. Rec. Record Type Town
1803 BROWN John Brown, s. Asa and Sarah, Apr. 18, 1803. View More Birth Beverly
1803 BROWN John, s. Abijah and Lucy, March 9, 1803. View More Birth Charlton
1803 BROWN John A., h. Ruth (d. Isaac Folger and Love), s. William and Elizabeth (Coffin), 6th, 5 mo. 1803, P.R.38. View More Birth Nantucket
1803 BROWN John, s. John, bp. July —, 1803. C. R. 12. View More Birth Salem
1803 BROWN Daniel, ch. John Jr. and Sarah, Jan. 17, 1803. Image Not Available More Birth Windsor
The very last item reported in each line is the town of record. Given the surname, if I were in your shoes, I’d try to place more births to the parents (as above, Asa and Sarah at Beverly; Abijah and Lucy at Charlton; William and Elizabeth at Nantucket) using the records available from Massachusetts Vital Records Project. That group transcribed many of the town records. They posted the transcriptions with links to the digital images. See: