Vital Records Of New
Salem Massachusetts To The End Of The Year 1849
The Essex Institute
Newcomb & Gauss
The following records of births, marriages and deaths
clude all entries to be found in the church records; in the
cemetery records, and in many private records found in
ily Bibles and other sources. These records are printed
condensed form in which every essential particular has
preserved. All duplication of records has been elimi-
nated, but differences in entry and other explanatory matter
in brackets. Parentheses are used when they occur
the original record; also to indicate the maiden name of
When places other than New Salem and Massachusetts
they are given in the printed copy. Marriages are
under the names of both parties. Double-dating is
in the months of January, February and March, prior
1752, whenever it appears in the original, and also when-
from the sequence of entry in the original the date may
easily determined. In all records the original spelling
names is followed, and in the alphabetical arrangement
various forms should be examined, as items about the
family may be found under different spellings.
From the fact that in 1855 all the records of births,
riages and deaths of New Salem were destroyed by fire, none
such records are available, save the period of 1843 to 1850,
of which years are on file at the State House in Bos-
These have been considered in this work as original
The church records have fortunately been preserved
have been incorporated, as well as considerable material
the records of Franklin and Hampshire Counties, and
other public and private sources bearing on the vital
statistics of this community.
The seal of New Salem has been omitted on the title
Although a design of a seal is used by the Town Clerk
papers, it has never been reproduced for use on printed
June 15, 1753, the township of New Salem with the addi-
tional grant made to said township established as the district
New Salem. Aug. 23, 1775, the district made a town by
act. Jan. 28, 1822, part included in the new town
Prescott. Feb. 20, 1824, part of Shutesbury annexed.
Feb. 5, 1830, part annexed to Athol. Mar. 16, 1837,
to Orange and part to Athol. April 27, 1911,
between New Salem and Prescott established.
1810, 2107 1865,
NEW SALEM ABBREVIATIONS
B. R. 1.—birth records from Vital Records of Athol.
B. R. 2.—birth records from Vital Records of Barre.
B. R. 3.—birth records from Vital Records of Deerfield.
B. R. 4.—birth records from Vital Records of Hardwick.
B. R. 5.—birth records
from Revolutionary records of Oakham.
B. R. 6.—birth records from Vital Records of Pelham.
B. R. 7.—birth records from Vital Records of Phillipston.
B. R. 8.—birth records from Vital Records of Royalston.
B. R. 9.—birth records from Vital Records of Shrewsbury.
B. R. 10.—birth records from Vital Records of Templeton.
B. R. 11.—birth records from Vital Records of Westminster.
B. R. 12.—birth records from Vital Records of Williamstown.
C. R.—church record.
ct. r.—court records, Suffolk Co. Quarterly Court.
d.—daughter; day; died.
D. T.—Direct Tax of 1798.
f. d.—Franklin County
f. p.—Franklin County Probate.
G. R. 1.—gravestone record, Centre Cemetery.
G. R. 2.—gravestone record, Silver Lake Cemetery.
G. R. 3.—gravestone record, Lake
Matawa Cemetery, Orange.
h. d.—Hampshire County Deeds.
h. p.—Hampshire County Probate.
int.—intention of marriage.
m.—male; married ; month.
M. R.—marriage records
returned from other Massachusetts towns.
N. R. 1.—newspaper records of deaths, Greenfield Gazette
N. R. 2.—newspaper records
of deaths, Columbian Centinel.
N. R. 3.—newspaper records of deaths, Boston Advertiser.
N. R. 4.—newspaper records of deaths, Salem Gazette.
N. R. 5.—newspaper records of deaths, Massachusetts
P. R. 1.—private records,
now in possession of New Salem Academy.
P. R. 2.—family records, from History of Houlton, Maine.
P. R. 3.—family records, from Putnam Genealogy.
P. R. 4.—family records, from
P. R. 5.—family records, from Ballard Genealogy.
P. R. 6.—family records, from
Perley's History of Salem.
P. R. 7.—family records, from Felton Genealogy.
P. R. 8.—family records, from Wheatland manuscript
now in possession of Essex Institute.
P. R. 9.—records now in possession of Miss Emily S.
P. R. 10.—records now in possession of Mrs. John W.
P. R. 11.—family records from New England Historical
and Genealogical Register.
P. R. 12.—records of warnings out of Newbury.
P. R. 13.—genealogical notes, now in possession of
Mrs. Lucy C. Kellogg of Greenfield.
P. R. 14.—family records, from Packard's History of
Churches in Franklin County.
r. s. r.—records, from Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors
in the Revolution,
s. c.—United States Census of 1790.
w.—wife ; week.