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Vital Records of Milford, Massachusetts to the Year 1850

Compiled by Thomas W. Baldwin, A.B., S.B.
member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society
Boston, Mass., 1917

Number of Births printed  .......6,044
                 Marriages  ....        1,617X2=3,234 names
                 Deaths  ...............  1,594
                                             10,872 total
Boston: Wright & Potter Printing Company 


  April 11, 1780, part of Mendon made the town of Milford.
  March  27, 1835, bounds between  Milford, Holliston and Hopkinton established, and parts of Holliston and Hopkinton annexed to Milford, and part of Milford annexed to Hopkinton.
  April 1, 1859, bounds between Milford and Holliston established.
  April 7, 1886, part of Milford established as Hopedale.
  May   16, 1907, bounds between Milford and Upton established.
  May  16, 1907, bounds between Milford and Hopkinton established.

1790 (U. S.), 839;   1870 (U. S.), 9,890;
1800 (U. S.), 907;   1875 (State), 9,818;
1810 (U. S.), 973;   1880 (U. S.), 9,310:
1820 (U. S.), 1,160; 1885 (State), 9,343;
1830 (U. S.), 1,360; 1890 (U. S.), 8,780;
1840 (U. S.), 1,773; 1895 (State), 8,959;
1850 (U. S.), 4,819; 1900 (U.S.), 11,376;
1855 (State), 7,489; 1905 (State), 12,105
1860 (U. S.), 9,132; 1910 (U.  S.), 13,055;
1865 (State), 9,108; 1915 (State), 13,684.


   1. When places other than Milford or Massachusetts  are named  in the original records they are given in the printed copy.
  2. In all items from the records the original spelling of the names is given, and any additions made to the spelling of the record are enclosed in brackets.
  3. The 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 en-
closed in brackets, i.e., [—-], to signify that the maiden name  is not known.
  5. 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, so, therefore, many births
may  appear under a married name instead of the original, which is not shown on the stone. In many cases names are evidently those of wives, though not so specified. All dates of birth
found on the gravestones in the town are given in the book, but from this it is not to be inferred that the persons are born in this town, as in a great many cases they are not.
  6. Marriages and intentions are printed under the name 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 information indicated.


a. - age; aged
abt. - about
b. - born
bp. - baptized
bur. - buried
ch. - child
C.R. - church record, First Church (Congregational), formerly Second Parish of Mendon
d. - daughter; died; day
Dea. - deacon
dec. - deceased
dup. - duplicate entry
G.R.1. - grave record, Pine Grove Cemetery
G.R.2. - grave record, St. Mary's Cemetery
G.R.3. - grave record, Vernon Grove Cemetery
G.R.4. - grave record, Hopedale Cemetery
G.R.5. - grave record, Warfield Cemetery, South Hopedale
G.R.6. - grave record, Purchase Street Cemetery
b. - husband; hours
inf. - infant
int. - publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. - junior
md. - married
mo. - months
N.S. - new style
O.S.-old style
prob. - probably
rep. - reputed
s. - son
Sr. - senior
T.C. - town copy
unm. - unmarried
w. - wife; weeks
wid. - widow
widr. - widower

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