VITAL RECORDS OF NEW ASHFORD MASSACHUSETTS TO THE YEAR 1850
PUBLISHED BY THE NEW ENGLAND HISTORIC GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
AT THE ROBERT HENRY EDDY MEMORIAL ROOMS
AT THE CHARGE OF THE EDDY TOWN-RECORD FUND BOSTON, MASS. 1916
THIS publication is issued under the authority of a vote
passed by the NEW ENGLAND HISTORIC GENEALOGICAL
SOCIETY, November 6, 1901, as follows:
Voted: That the sum of $20,000, from the bequest of the late
Robert Henry Eddy, be set aside as a special fund to be called
the Eddy Town-Record Fund, for the sole purpose of publishing
the Vital Records of the towns of Massachusetts, and that the
Council be authorized and instructed to make such arrangements
as may be necessary for such publication. And the treasurer is
hereby instructed to honor such drafts as shall be authorized by
the Council for this purpose.
Committee on Publications
JAMES PARKER PARMENTER HOSEA STARR BALLOU
G. ANDREWS MORIARTY, JR. JOHN WALLACE SUTER
ALFRED JOHNSON GEORGE RITCHIE MARVIN
HENRY EDWARDS SCOTT, Editor
F. H. GILSON COMPANY
THE TOWN OF NEW ASHFORD, Berk-
shire County, was established as a district Feb-
ruary 26, 1781, from land called New Ashford, lying
between Adams, Hancock, Lanesborough, and Wil-
March 14, 1793, part of the district of New Ashford
was included in the new town of Cheshire.
February 6, 1798, another part of the district of New
Ashford was annexed to Cheshire.
June 26, 1798, part of Hancock was annexed to the
district of New Ashford.
November 4, 1835, the district was made a town by
chapter 15 of the Revised Statutes.
May 20, 1851, bounds were established between New
Ashford and Hancock.
May 28, 1912, bounds were established between New
Ashford and Cheshire.
Population by Census : 1776 (Prov.), 215;
1790 (U.S.), 460; 1800 (U.S.), 390;
1810 (U.S.), 4n; 1820 (U.S.), 358;
1830 (U.S.), 285; 1840 (U.S.), 227;
1850 (U.S.), 186; 1855 (State), 195;
1860 (U.S.), 239; 1865 (State), 178;
1870 (U.S.), 208; 1875 (State), 160;
1880 (U.S.), 203; 1885 (State), 163;
1890 (U.S.), 125; 1895 (State), 116;
1900 (U.S.), 107; 1905 (State), 100;
1910 (U.S.), 92; 1915 (State), 92.
1. The fact that a birth, marriage, of death is recorded in
New Ashford does not prove that it occurred in this town; but when
places other than New Ashford and Massachusetts are named in
the ofiginal records, they are given in the printed copy.
2. In all items from town records the ofiginal spelling is
followed, and no attempt is made to correct errors appearing in
3. The various spellings of a name should be examined, as
items about the same family of individual may be found under
4. A baptism is not printed, if it occurs within one year after
the recorded date of birth of a child of the same name and parents
of if it is clear that the child baptized is identical with the child
of the birth record; but variations found in the baptismal record
are added to the birth record.
5. The birth of a married woman is recorded under her maiden
name, if it is known. But if the maiden name cannot be deter-
mined, the entry appears under the husband's name, with a dash
enclosed in brackets, i.e., [-], to signify that the maiden
name is unknown. If it is not known whether the surname is
that of a married of unmarried woman, ? m. is placed in brackets
after the Christian name.
6. Marriages and intentions of marriage are printed under
the names of both parties. When both the marriage and in-
tention of marriage are recorded, only the marriage record is
printed; and where a marriage appears without the intention
being recorded, it is designated with an asterisk.
7. Additional information which does not appear in the
original text of an item, i.e., any explanation, query, inference,
or difference shown in other entries of the record, is bracketed.
Parentheses are used to show variations in the spelling of a
name in the same entry, to indicate the maiden name of a wife,
to enclose an imperfect portion of the ofiginal text, and to sep-
arate clauses in the ofiginal text.
a. — age
abt. — about
b. — born
bp. — baptized
bur. — buried
ch. — child
chn. — children
Co. — county
d. — daughter; day; died
Dea. — deacon
dup. — duplicate entry
Eld. — Elder
enrl. — enrolled
Ens. — Ensign
G.R. — gravestone record, New Ashford Cemetery
h. — husband
inf. — infant
int. — publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. — junior
Lt. — Lieutenant
m. — married ; month
P.R. — private record, from a Goodell family record, now in
the possession of Darius N. Goodell of New Ashford
R.R. — Rebellion Record
rec. — recorded
s. — son
Sr. — senior
w. — week; wife
wid. — widow
widr. — widower
y. — year