Vital Records of Dana, Massachusetts to the Year 1850.
Compiled by Thomas W. Baldwin, A.B., S.B., Member of the New England Historic
Boston, Mass., 1925.
Number of births printed
Number of marriages printed . . 712 x 2=1,424
Number of deaths printed . .
Burr Printing Company
February 18, 1801, town formed from
parts of Greenwich, Hardwick,
February 12, 1803, bounds between Dana and Petersham established.
June 19, 1811, bounds between Dana
and Greenwich established.
February 4, 1842, parts
of Hardwick and Petersham annexed.
1882, bounds between Dana and Petersham established.
May 4, 1911, bounds between
Dana and Greenwich established.
Population by Census:
1810 (U. S.), 625; 1880 (U. S.), 736;
S.), 664; 1885 (State), 695;
1830 (U. S.),
623; 1890 (U. S.), 700;
1840 (U. S.),
691; 1895 (State), 717;
1850 (U. S.),
842; 1900 (U.S.), 790;
824; 1905 (State), 763;
1860 (U. S.),
876; 1910 (U.S.), 736;
789; 1915 (State), 712;
1870 (U. S.),
758; 1920 (U. S.), 599;
760; 1925 (State), 657;
When places other than Dana or Massachusetts are named in the original records they are given in the
2. In all items from the records the original
spelling of the name is given, and any additions made to the spelling of
the record are enclosed in brackets.
various spellings of a name should be examined, as items about the same family
or individual may be found under different spellings.
4. The birth of a married woman is
recorded under her maiden name, when it is known, but if the maiden
name is unknown the entry appears under the husband's name with a dash
enclosed in brackets, i.e., [-----], to signify that the maiden name is not known.
5. The town has no record of
births and deaths prior to 1843. Dates of births and deaths previous to that
time are taken from the gravestones in the town and are the actual dates as
given on the stones. It is not to be inferred that the persons whose births are
thus given were all born in this town, as in a great many cases they were
not. In taking records from gravestones it is often the case that the family
name of a woman as given on the stone is not that under which she was born,
therefore many births may appear under a married name instead of the
original, which is not shown on the stone. In some cases names are
evidently those of wives, though not so specified.
Marriages and intentions are printed under the names of both parties.
When both the marriage and intention are recorded, only the marriage
record is printed, and the date of the intention is not given, except when
needed to make more clear the date of the marriage. When the marriage appears
without the intention recorded it is designated with an asterisk.
7. Additional information which does not appear in the original town
record, i.e., any difference shown in other records of the same person, is
enclosed in parentheses, with the source of the
a. - age, aged
b. - born
ch* - child
d. - daughter, died,
Dea. - deacon
dec. - deceased
dup. - duplicate
G.R.l. - grave record, Dana Centre Cemetery
G.R.2. - grave
record, Brown's Cemetery
G.R.3. - grave record, Storrsville
G.R.4. - grave record, Marvel Cemetery
G.R.5. - grave record,
G.R.6. - grave record, Fluff Cemetery
G.R.7. - grave
record, Town Cemetery
G.R.8. - grave record, Old Cemetery near Doubleday's, North Dana
G.R.9. - grave
record, Pine Grove Cemetery, North Dana
G.R.10. - grave record, from grave
h. - husband, hours
inf. - infant
int. - publishment of
intention of marriage
Jr. - junior
md. - married
prob. - probably
s. - son
Sr, - senior
w. - wife, weeks
md. - widow
y. - year