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Vital Records of Dalton, Massachusetts to the Year 1850

Published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society
at the Charge of the Eddy Town-Record Fund
Boston, Mass.,1906.


THIS publication is issued under the authority of a vote passed by the NEW ENGLAND  HISTORIC  GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, 6 November, 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.
C. B. Tillinghast
Francis Everett Blake
Charles Knowles Bolton
Don Gleason Hill
Edmund Dana Barbour
Editor, Henry Ernest Woods


Stanhope press
P. H.Gilson Company
Boston, U.S.A.


THE TOWN OF DALTON,Berkshire County, was established March 20, 1784 from the new plantation of Ashuelot Equivalent.
  February 28, 1795, a part of Windsor was annexed to Dalton.
  June 21,  1804, a part of Dalton was included in the new town of Partridgefield.

Population by Census: 1790 (U.S.),  554;
    1800   (U.S.), 859;  1810  (U.S.),  779;
    1820   (U.S.), 817;  1830  (U.S.),  827;
    1840   (U.S.), 1255; 1850  (U.S.), 1020;
    1855   (State), 1064; 1860 (U.S.), 1243;
    1865   (State), 1137; 1870 (U.S.), 1252;
    1875   (State), 1759; 1880 (U.S.), 2052;
    1885   (State), 2113; 1890 (U.S.), 2885;
    1895   (State), 3210; 1900 (U.S.), 3014.


   1. When places other than Dalton and Massachusetts  are named   in the original records, they are given in the printed copy.   Prior to 1843, the vital records of Dalton are  very imperfect.
   2. In all records the original spelling is followed.
   3. The  various spellings of a name should be examined, as items about the same family or individual might be found under different spellings.
   4. Marriages and intentions of marriages are printed under the names  of both parties, but the full information concerning each  party is given only in the entry under his or her name.
When  both the marriage and intention of marriage are recorded, only  the marriage record is printed; and where  a marriage appears without the intention recorded, it is designated with an
   5. 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 only when they occur in the original text, or to separate clauses found there — such as the birthplace of parents, in late marriage records.


a. - age
abt. - about
b. - born
ch. - child
chn. - children
Co. - county
C.R.1. - church record, Congregational
C.R.2. - church record, Episcopalian
d. - daughter; died; day
Dea. - deacon
dup. - duplicate entry
G.R.1.-gravestone record, Dalton Cemetery
G.R.2. - gravestone record, Roman Catholic Cemetery
h. - husband
hrs. - hours
inf. - infant
int. - publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. - junior
m. -  married; month
min. - minutes
prob. - probably
reC. - recorded
s. - son
Sr. - senior
w. - wife; week
wid. - widow
widr. - widower
1st. - first
2d. - second
3d. - third

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