Vital Records of Brookfield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850
Systematic History Fund
Published by Franklin P. Rice, Trustee of the Fund.
F. H. Gilson Company
Boston, U. S. A.
The list of Brookfield 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
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 Brookfield, and consequently
publishment was made elsewhere.
The double date is used in January, February and March prior to 1752 only when it
so occurs in the original, and instances of the modern form are common after 1725.
When places other than Brookfield 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. I. - gravestone, Brookfield Cemetery
G. S. 2. - gravestone, Evergreen Cemetery, East Brookfield
G. S. 3. - gravestone, Old Cemetery, North Brookfield
G. S. 4. -gravestone, Walnut Grove Cemetery, North Brookfield
G. S. 5. - Ragged Hill Cemetery, West Brookfield
G. S. 6. - New Cemetery, West Brookfield
G. S. 7. - Old Cemetery, West Brookfield
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.
On October 15, 1673, Quobauge was ordered to be named " Brookfield, " but it was
not incorporated as a town until November 12, 1718. A part was included in the new
town of Western (now Warren) in 1742. Changes in the boundary lines between Brookfield
and New Braintree were made in 1791 and 1792. A part was set off as North Brookfield
in 1812, and West Brookfield was established in 1848.
Population at different periods: 1765, 1, 811; 1776,
2,649; 1790, 3,100; 1800, 3,284; 1810, 3,170; 1820,
2,292; 1830, 2,342; 1840, 2,472; 1850, 1,674.
Population in 1905, 2,388.
Number of Births printed............. 8,916
Marriages......... 3, 075
= 6,150 names