Vital Records of Dudley, Massachusetts to the Year 1850
Published by Franklin P. Rice, Trustee of the Fund, 1908.
Stanhope Press, F. H. Gilson CompanyBoston, U.S.A.Publisher's NoteTHE list of Dudley 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 or other 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 was not found recorded, and in many cases this is accounted for by the fact that neither party belonged in Dudley, and consequently publishment was made elsewhere.When places other than Dudley and Massachusetts are named in the original records, they are given in the printed copy.ABBREVIATIONS.a. — agebap. — baptizedch. — childG.R. — church recordd. — daughter; day ; diedDea. — deacondup. — duplicate entryG.S.1.— gravestone, Old Cemetery, Dudley Centre.G.S.2.— gravestone, New Cemetery, Dudley Centre.G.S.3. — gravestone, Marsh Cemetery, near Oxford line.G.S 4. — Ramshorn or Willard Cemetery.G.S.5. — Curtis Cemetery, near West Dudley.G.S.6. — Perryville Cemetery.G.S.7. — Webster-Dudley Cemetery, E. Webster.G.S.8. — Quinebaug Cemetery.G.S.9. — Old Gore Cemetery.h. — husbandinf. — infantint. — publishment of intention of marriageJr. — juniorm. — male ; married; monthO.S. — old styleP.R. — private records. — sonSr. — seniorV.R. — Vital Recordsw. — wifewid. — widowwidr. — widower
The age given in the Deaths is in years unless otherwise indicated.
DUDLEY, Worcester County.
THIS town was established February 2, 1732, from part of Oxford and certain common lands. Part of a gore of common land known as " Middlesex Gore " was annexed June 25, 1794. Parts of Dudley were set off to Southbridge in 1816 and 1822, and a part was included in the new town of Webster, March 6, 1832.
Population at different periods: 1765, 748; 1776,
875; 1790, 1,114; 1800, 1,140; 1810, 1,226; 1820,
1,615; 1830, 2,155; 1840, 1,352; 1850, 1,443.
Population in 1905, 3,818.
Number of Births printed . . . . . . . . . .4,570
Marriages . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,640 = 3,280 names
Deaths . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,208