Vital Records of Athol, Massachusetts to the Year 1850
Published by Franklin P. Rice, Trustee of the Fund
Worcester, Massachusetts 1910
F.H. Gilson Company
Boston, Mass, USA
THE list of Athol Births, Marriages and Deaths comprised in this volume
includes all that were found in the Town Books covering the period from the earliest
date there recorded to the end of the year 1849. Some additions have
been made from other sources, and these are indicated in each instance by proper
All of the records are condensed in print as much as is consistent with intelligibility,
accuracy, and completeness of information. Differences in duplicates, and
explanatory or other matter which seemed necessary or desirable, appear in brackets.
Marriages and intentions of marriage are printed under the names of
both parties, but the full information concerning each person is given only under
his or her name. An asterisk after a marriage indicates that the intention is not
found recorded, and in many cases this is accounted for by the fact that neither
party belonged in Athol, and consequently publishment was made elsewhere.
When places other than Athol and Massachusetts are named
in the original records, they are given in the printed copy.
a. - age
b. - born
bap. - baptized
ch. - child
C.R. - church record
d. - daughter; day; died
Dea. - Deacon
dup. - duplicate entry
G.S.1. - gravestone, Highland Cemetery
G.S.2. -gravestone, Mount Pleasant Cemetery
G.S.3. -gravestone, Old Cemetery
G.S.4. - gravestone, Cemetery, Pleasant Street
G.S.5. -gravestone, Cemetery on Conant Road
G.S.6. -gravestone, Cemetery on Adams Road
h. - husband
inf. - infant
int. - publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. - junior
m. - male; married; month
P.R. - private record
s. - son
Sr. - senior
w. - wife
wid. - widow
widr. -- widower
The age given in the Deaths is in years unless otherwise indicated.
Athol, Worcester County.
ESTABLISHED March 6, 1762, from the plantation called " Payquage." A part
was included in the District of Orange, Franklin County, October 15,1783, and another
part in the new town of Gerry, now Phillipston, October 20, 1786.
Parts annexed to Royalston February 26, 1799, and March 7, 1803.
A part of Gerry was annexed February 28, 1806, and a part of Orange February 7,
1816. Certain Common Lands were annexed June 11, 1829.
A part of New Salem in Franklin County was annexed February 5, 1830, and another
part of New Salem called " Little Grant" annexed March 16, 1837.
Population at different periods: 1765, 359; 1776,
848; 1790, 848; 1800, 993; 1810, 1,041; 1820,
1,211 ; 1830, 1,325; 1840, 1, 591; 1850, 2,034.
Population in 1905, 7,197.
Number of Births printed ...............3,529
Marriages ............1,138 = 2,276 names
Deaths ..................... 1,470