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Vital Records of Conway, 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. 1943

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.

in charge of Vital Records

The Town of Conway, Franklin County, was established a district June 17, 1767, from a part of Deerfield.
August 23, 1775, the district was made a town.
February 19, 1781, a part of Shelburne was annexed.
February 9, 1785, a part of Conway was annexed to Goshen (Hampshire County).
June 17, 1791, a part of Deerfield was annexed.
June 21, 1811, a part of Deerfield was annexed, and bounds between Conway and Deerfield and Conway and Whately were established.
April 14, 1838, a part of Conway was annexed to Buckland.

Population by Census :  1776(Prov.),  897
1790 (U.S.), 2092;  1800 (U.S.),     2013
1810 (U.S.), 1784;  1820 (U.S.),     1705 
1830 (U.S.), 1563;  1840 (U.S.),     1049
1850 (U.S.), 1831;  1855 (State),    1784 
1860 (U.S.), 1689;  1865 (State),    1538 
1870 (U.S.), 1460;  1875 (State),    1452
1880 (U.S.), 1760;  1885 (State),    1573
1890 (U.S.), 1451 ; 1895 (State),    1304
1900 (U.S.), 1458;  1905 (State),    1340        
1910 (U.S.), 1230;  1915 (State),    1220 
1920 (U.S.),  961;  1925 (State),     931 
1930 (U.S.),  900;  1935 (State), 952
1940 (U.S.),  944.  

1. The fact that a birth, marriage, or death is recorded in Conway does not prove that it occurred there, unless it is so stated in the record. When places other than Conway and
Massachusetts are named in the original records they are given as they appear there; but when Conway 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
the child 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 in full under the names of the men. The names of the women are used in general only as cross references. When both the marriage and intention of marriage are recorded, only the marriage record is printed with exceptions explained below; and where a marriage appears without the intention being recorded, it is
designated with an asterisk. Marriages marked with a † are recorded in the "Town Copy,"
pages 391-392, under the caption, "A Record of Marriages Supposed to have been performed by Rev. John Emerson at the dates indicated in the margin." The marginal dates are the same as the first dates of corresponding intentions which appear as follows: "June 29th 1792 Marriage is intended . . .20th July 1792 the above has been Published".
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.

a. - age
abt. - about
b. - born
bp. - baptized
bur. - buried
ch. - child
chn. - children
C.R. - church record, Congregational Church
C. - Conway
Co. - County
d. - daughter; day; died
Dea. - deacon
dec'd - deceased
dup. - duplicate
Eld. - Elder
Ens. - Ensign
ent. - entered
G.R.I. - gravestone record, Rowland Cemetery
G.R.2. - gravestone record, Boyden and Lee Cemetery
G.R-3. - gravestone record, Pine Grove Cemetery
G.R4- - gravestone record, Cricket Hill Cemetery
G.R.S. - gravestone record, South Part Cemetery (Allis District)
G.R.6. - gravestone record, Southwest Cemetery (Poland District)
G.R.7- - gravestone record, private Burying Ground, near the Burnett place
G.R.8. - gravestone record, private Burying Ground of Charles Boyden
G.R.9. - gravestone record, Maynard Cemetery
G.R.10. - gravestone record, South Centre Cemetery (Pumpkin Hollow)
G.R.11. - gravestone record, North Shirkshire Cemetery
h. - hour; husband
inf. - infant
int. - intention of marriage.
Jr. - junior
Lt. - Lieutenant
m. - marriage; married; month
min. - minutes
P.R.1. -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
P.R.2. -.private record, from the Batchelder family Bible, in the possession (1933) of Mrs. Perkins Batchelder of Conway
P.R.3- - private record, from the Henry Arms family Bible, in the possession (1933) of Sherman Arms of Conway
P.R.4. - private record, headed "Plymouth, Mass", from the Dexter Arms family Bible, in the possession (1933) of Mrs. Sarah J. Arms of Conway
P.R-5. - private record, from the Russell-Wells family Bible, in the possession (1933) of Mrs. Frank Wells of Conway
pub. - published
q.v. - which see; whom see
rec. - recorded
s. - son
Sr. - Senior
T.C. - Town copy
w. - week; wife
wid. - widow
widr. - widower
y. - year

Page 133. Under Burke, read Edmund of Adams and Judith N. Arms of C.,
int. May 3, 1828.
Page 188, line 1. For Stearns read Stebbins.
Page 190. Under Thwing (Twing), read Amariah and Clarissa Chamberlain,
both of C., int. May 8, 1804.

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