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Vital Records of Athol, Massachusetts to the Year 1850


Published by Franklin P. Rice, Trustee of the Fund
Worcester, Massachusetts 1910

Stanhope Press
F.H. Gilson Company
Boston, Mass, USA

Publisher's Note.


  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 reference.
  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
                                                       7,275 total

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