VITAL RECORDS OF HOLDEN, MASSACHUSETTS, To the year 1850
PUBLISHED BY FRANKLIN P. RICE,
Trustee of the Fund.
F. H. GILSON COMPANY
THE list of Holden Births, Marriages and Deaths comprised in
this volume includes all found in the Town Books during the
period from the earliest date there recorded to the end of the year
1849. Some additions and corrections have been made from other
sources, these being indicated in each instance by proper reference.
All of the records are condensed in print as much as is con-
sistent with intelligibility, accuracy, and completeness of infor-
mation. Differences in duplicates, and explanatory or other mat-
ter 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 Holden, and consequently publishment was
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 Holden and Massachusetts are named
in the original records, they are given in the printed copy.
a. - age
abt. - about
b. - bom
ch. - child
chn. - children
co. - county
C.R. - church record
d. - daughter; day; died
Dea. - deacon
D.R. - Death record
dup. - duplicate entry
f. - female
G.S. - Gravestone record
h. - husband
inf. - infant
int. - publishment of Intention of marriage
Jr. - junior
m. - male; married; month
P.R. - Private record
rec. - recorded
s. - son
Sr. - senior
wid. - widow
widr. - widower
y. - year
2d. - second
The age given in the Deaths is in years unless otherwise indicated.
THIS town was taken wholly from the original ter-
ritory of Worcester, and was incorporated Janu-
ary 9, 1741. It received its name from Hon. Samuel
Holden, a generous benefactor of the Province and
of Harvard University.
In 1804 and 1808 portions of the town were an-
nexed to Paxton and West Boylston; and in 1831
and 1838 further changes in territorial limits were made
between Holden and Paxton.
Population at different periods: 1765, 495; 1790,
1,077; 1800,1,142; 1810,1,072; 1820,1,40251830,
1,719; 1840, 1,874; 1850, 1,888.
Population in 1900, 2,464.
Number of Births printed......... 3,172
Marriages................. 1,396 = 2,792 names
Deaths .................. 1,340