Vital Records of Leicester, Massachusets to the Year 1850
Published by Franklin P. Rice, Trustee of the Fund, 1903.
F. H. Gilson Company
The list of Leicester Births, Marriages and Deaths comprised in this volume
includes all which were entered in the Town Books during the period
from the earliest date there found to the end of the year 1849. Additions
and corrections have been made from the Denny Record or Town Copy,
which has supplied many missing names and dates in those parts of the
original manuscript which have been mutilated, these being 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 most cases this is accounted for by the fact that neither
party belonged in Leicester, 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 Leicester and Massachusetts are named in
the original records they are given in the printed copy.
a. - age
abt. - about
b. - born
eh. - child
chn. - children
co. - county
C.R. - church record
d. - daughter; day; died
Dea. - deacon
D.R. - Denny Record or Town Copy
dup. - duplicate entry
f. - female
G.R. - 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
w. - wife
wid. - widow
widr. - widower
y. - year
2d. - second
The age given in the Deaths is in years unless otherwise indicated.
ON the 15th of February, 1713, the petition of those who had purchased lands
at a place called Towtaidj near Worcester, was confirmed, " the town to be named
April 12, 1753, "part of Leicester was made the District of Spencer."
February 12, 1765, "parts of Leicester and Rutland were established as the
District of Paxton."
April 10, 1778, "the Parish lately set off from Leicester, Oxford,
Sutton and Worcester was established as Ward."
The population of Leicester at different periods was
as follows: 1765, 770; 1790, 1,076; 1800, 1,103;
1810, 1,181; 1820,1,252; 1830,1,782; 1840,1,707;
Population in 1900, 3,416.
Number of Births printed .... 3,832
Marriages . .
1,796 = 3,592 names