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Vital Records of Brimfield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850


Published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society
at the Robert Henry Eddy Memorial Rooms
at the Charge of the Eddy Town-Record Fund

Boston, Mass. 1931

This publication is issued under the authority of a vote passed by the NEW ENGLAND HISTORIC GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, November 6, 1901, as follows:

Voted: That the sum of $20,000, from the bequest of the late Robert Henry Eddy, be set aside as a special fund to be called the Eddy Town-Record Fund, for the sole purpose of publishing the Vital Records of the towns of Massachusetts, and that the Council be authorized and instructed to make such arrangements as may be necessary for such publication. And the treasurer is hereby instructed to honor such drafts as shall be
authorized by the Council for this purpose.

Committee on Publications
James Parker Parmenter
G. Andrews Moriarty
Hosea Starr Ballou
John Wallace Suter
Alfred Johnson
Walter Kendall Watkins
Henry Edwards Scott, Editor

 

Florence Conant Howes, Assistant Editor, in charge of Vital Records

 

Haverhill, Mass. Record Publishing Co.

THE TOWN OF BRIMFIELD, Hampden County, was first mentioned in the records of the State June 10, 1714.
December 24, 1731, Brimfield was established as a town.
January 16, 1742, a part of Brimfield was included in the new town of Western (now Warren, Worcester County).
April 23, 1760, a part of Brimfield was annexed to Palmer.
April 28, 1760, a part of Brimfield was established as the district of Monson.
September 18, 1762, a part of Brimfield was established as the district of South Brimfield.
February 7, 1763, boundary lines were definitely established.

EXPLANATIONS
1. The fact that a birth, marriage, or death is recorded in Brimfield does not prove that it occurred there, unless it is so stated in the record. When places other than Brimfield and
Massachusetts are named in the original records, they are given as they appear there; but when Brimfield is named, the initial letter only is used, except in unusual phrases.
2. In all items from town records the original spelling is followed, and no attempt is made to correct errors appearing in the records.
3. A baptism is not printed, if it occurs within one year after the recorded date of birth of a child of the same name and parents or if it is clear that the child baptized is identical with thechild of the birth record; but variations found in the baptismal record are added to the birth record.
4. The birth of a married  woman is recorded under her maiden name, if it is known. But if the maiden name cannot be determined, the entry appears under the husband's name, with
a dash enclosed in brackets, i. e., [-], to signify that the maiden name is unknown. If it is not known whether the surname is that of a married or unmarried woman, " ? m." is placed
in brackets after the Christian name.
5. Marriages and intentions of marriage are printed under the names of both parties. When both the marriage and intention of marriage are recorded, only the marriage record is
printed; and where a marriage appears without the intention being recorded, it is designated with an asterisk.
6. Additional information which does not  appear in the original text of an item, i. e., any explanation, query, inference, or difference shown in other entries of the record, is bracketed.
Parentheses are used to show  variations in the spelling of a name in the same entry, to indicate the maiden name of a wife, to enclose an imperfect portion of the original text, and to separate clauses in the original text.

Population by Census:   1765  (Prov.),  773;
1776  (Prov.), 1064;    1790  (U.S.),  1211;
1800  (U.S.),  1384;    1810  (U.S.),  1325;
1820  (U.S.),  1612;    1830  (U.S.),  1599;
1840  (U.S.),  1419;    1850  (U.S.),  1420;
1855  (State), 1343;    1860  (U.S.),  1363;
1865  (State), 1316;    1870  (U.S.),  1288;
1875  (State), 1201;    1880  (U.S.),  1203;
1885  (State), 1137;    1890  (U.S.),  1096;
1895  (State),  962;    1900  (U.S.),   941;
1905  (State),  894;    1910  (U.S.),   866;
1915  (State),  934;    1920  (U.S.),   778;
1925  (State),  840;    1930  (U.S.),   884.

ABBREVIATIONS
a. - age
abt. - about
b. - born
B. - Brimfield
bp. - baptized
bur. - buried
ch. - child
chn. - children
C.R. - church record, First Congregational Church
Co. - county
d. - daughter; day; died
Dea. - deacon
dec'd - deceased
dup. - duplicate entry
Eld. - Elder
enl. - enl1sted
Ens. - Ensign
G.R.1. - gravestone record, Brimfield Center Cemetery
G.R.2. - gravestone record, Little Alum Pond Cemetery
G.R.3. - gravestone record, West Brimfield Cemetery
The gravestone inscriptions were copied in 1929, when numerous inscriptions had become partly illegible on account of weather and age, so that an earlier copy made in 1909 has
been consulted and variants found therein are indicated in the several items.
h. - hours; husband
inf. - infant
int. - publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. - junior
Lt. - Lieutenant
m. - marriage; married; month
min. - minutes
P.R.1. - private record, from the Issachar Brown family Bible, in the possession (1913) of John Noyes of Brimfield
P.R.2. - private record, from a Hitchcock family Bible, in the possession (1913) of George M. Hitchcock of Brimfield
P.R.3. - private record, from the Chester F. Griggs family Bible, in the possession (1913) of Charles Clark Brown of Brimfield
P.R.4. - private record, from the Jonathan Brown family Bible, in the possession (1913) of Charles Clark Brown of Brimfield
P.R.5. - private record, from the Cyrel R. Brown family Bible, in the possession (1913) of Mrs. George M. Hitchcock of Brimfield
P.R.6. - private record, from the David Brown family Bible, in the possession (1913) of Frank H. Brown of Portchester, N. Y.
P.R.7. - private record, from the Richard Bishop family Bible, in the possession (1913) of Edward B. Brown of Brimfield
P.R.8. - private record, from the Zenas Holbrook family Bible, in the possession (1913) of Clarence Brown of Brimfield
P.R.9. - private record, from the Marcus Hitchcock family Bible, in the possession (1913) of Mrs. Edward W. Hitchcock of Brimfield
P.R.10. - private record, from loose leaf records found in the Marcus Hitchcock family BibleP.R.11. - private record, from loose leaf records found in the Marcus Hitchcock family Bible
P.R.12. - private record, from a Spring family Bible, in the possession (1913) of Miss Phebe Anna Upham of Brimfield
P.R.13. - private record, from the  Emerson Wetherell family Bible, in the possession (1913) of Mrs. John Brown of Brimfield
P.R.14. - private record, from the Abraham Charles family Bible, in the possession (1914) of Philip J. Leach of East Brimfield
P.R.15. - private record, from the Albon Janes family Bible, in the possession (1914) of Mrs. Albert R. Brown of Brimfield
P.R.16. - private record, from a Knight family Bible, in the possession (1914) of Mrs. Charles M. Hyde of Ware
P.R.17. - private record, from the Dauphin Brown family Bible, in the possession (1914) of Mrs. Eliza F. Bliss of Warren
P.R.18.- private record, from an Allen family Bible, in the possession (1928) of Mrs. William A. Lawrence of Brooklyn, N. Y.
P.R.19. - private record, from a record of deaths and burials in Brimfield, 1808-1850, kept by and in the possession of the chairman of the cemetery commissioners of Brimfield
qv. - which see; whom see
rec. - recorded
S. - son
S.B. - South Brimfield
Sr. - Senior
T.c. - Town copy
w. - week; wife
wid. - widow
widr. - widower
y. - year

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