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Vital Records of Charlemont, 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. 1917

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




The Town of Charlemont, Franklin  County, was  established  June  21, 1765, from the new plantation called Charlemont.
February 4, 1774, three thousand acres of land were annexed to Charlemont.
April 14, 1779, a part was included in the new town of Buckland.
February 14, 1785, a part was included in the new town of Heath.
March 19, 1793, certain common lands lying between Charlemont and North River were annexed.
April 2, 1838, a part of the common lands called Zoar was annexed.

Population by Census: 1765 (Prov.)  [665];
1776 (Prov.)  [665];  1790 (U.S.),  665;
1800 (U.S.),   875;  1810 (U.S.),   987;
1820 (U.S.),  1081;  1830 (U.S.),  1065;
1840 (U.S.),  1127;  1850 (U.S.),  1173;
1855 (State),  1113;  1860 (U.S.),  1075;
1865 (State),   994;  1870 (U.S.),  1005;
1875 (State),  1029;  1880 (U.S.),   932;
1885 (State),   958;  1890 (U.S.),   972;
1895 (State),  1041;  1900 (U.S.),  1094;
1905 (State),  1002;  1910 (U.S.),  1001
1915 (State),   977.

1. The fact that a birth, marriage, or death is recorded in Charlemont does not prove that it occurred in this town; but when places other than Charlemont and Massachusetts are named in the original records, they are given in the printed copy.
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. The various spellings of a name should be examined, as items about the same family or individual may be found under different spellings.
4. 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 the child of the birth record; but variations found in the baptismal record are added to the birth record.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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. 

a. - age
abt. - about
b. - born
bp. - baptized
bur. - buried
ch. - child
chn. - children
C.R.1. - church record, First Congregational Church
C.R.2.-church record, Church of Christ, in East Charlemont
C.R.3. - church record, Baptist Church
C.R.4. -church record, a Methodist circuit steward book, Springfield District of the New England Conference
Co. - county
d. - daughter; day; died
Dea. - deacon
dec'd- deceased
dup. - duplicate entry
Eld. - Elder
Ens. - Ensign
G.R.1.- gravestone record, an old burying ground on the highway between Zoar and Hoosac Tunnel
G.R.2. - gravestone record, Tea Street Cemetery
G.R.3. - gravestone record, Village Cemetery
G.R.4. - gravestone record, an old burying ground near the Charlemont railroad station
G.R.5. - gravestone record, a private burying ground on the Tower place
G.R.6. - gravestone record, Warner Family Burying Ground
G.R.7. - gravestone record, Leavitt Cemetery
G.R.8.- gravestone record, Zoar Cemetery
G.R.9. - gravestone record, Old Cemetery
G.R.10.- gravestone record, East Charlemont Cemetery
h. - husband
hrs. - hours
inf.- infant
int. - publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. - junior
Lt. - Lieutenant
m. - married; month
min. - minutes
P.R.1.- private record, from the Niles family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Willard M. Niles of Charlemont
P.R.2.- private record, from the Rice family Bible, now in the possession of John D. Rice of Charlemont
P.R.3. - private record, from a Maxwell family record, now in the possession of Mrs. M. M. Barber of Charlemont
P.R.4. - private record, from a copy of a record of marriages by Rev. Abel Wilder, printed  in  The New England Historical and Genealogical Register , volume 52
q.v. - which see; whom see
rec. -recorded
s. - son
Sr. - senior
w. -week; wife
wid. -widow
widr. - widower
y. - year

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