Vital Records of Grafton, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850
Published by Franklin P. Rice,
Trustee of the Fund.
F. H. Gilson Company
THE list of Grafton 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 Grafton, and consequently publishment was made elsewhere.
The double date is used in the months of January, February and March prior to 1752 only when it so appears in the original, and instances of the modern form after 1725 are not uncommon. When places other than Grafton and Massachusetts are named in the original records,they are given in the printed copy.
a. - age
b. - born
ch. - child
chn. - children
c. R. - church record
d. - daughter; died ; day
Dea. - deacon
dup. - duplicate entry
G. s. - gravestone record - Old Cemetery
G. s. 2. - gravestone record - Riverside Cemetery
G. s. 3. - gravestone record - Pine Grove Cemetery
h. - husband
inf. - infant
int. - publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. - junior
m. - male ; married ; month
N. s. - New Style
o. s. - Old Style
p. R. -private record
rec. - recorded
s. - son
T. R. - Town record
w. - wife ;
wid. - widow
widr. - widower
The age given in the Deaths is in years unless otherwise indicated. The name of a place at the end of a record indicates where the birth, marriage or death took place, if elsewhere than Grafton.
Worcester County, Massachusetts, was established April 18, 1735, from the plantation of "Hassanamisco."
Certain common lands were annexed June 14, 1823.
Part of Shrewsbury was annexed March 3, 1826, and part of Sutton March 3, 1842.
Population at different periods: 1765,763; 1776, 861;
1790, 872; 1800, 985; 1810, 946; 1820, 1,154; 1830,
1,889; 1840, 2,943; 1850,3,904. Population in 1905,
Number of Births printed ........ 5,160
Marriages ................ 2,134-4,268 names
Deaths ......................... 1,660