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Vital Records of Oxford, Massachusetts to the Year 1850

Worcester, Massachusetts:
Published by Franklin P. Rice, Trustee of the Fund 1905


Stanhope Press


Publisher's Note.
THE list of Oxford Births, Marriages and Deaths comprised in this volume includes all that were found in the Town Books covering the period from the earliest date there recorded to the end of the year 1849. Baptisms, Marriages and Deaths from the records of the first Church, and Deaths from the gravestone inscriptions in the old Burial Ground have been added to make the record as complete as possible, and these sources are 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 many cases this is accounted for by the fact that neither party belonged in Oxford, 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 Oxford 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. - 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
N.S. - New Style
O.S. - Old Style
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.
Name first mentioned in the Public Records in1693.
A part was included in the new town of Dudley in 1732.
Part established as the District of Charlton in 1754.
A Parish lately set off From Oxford and other towns was established as Ward (now Auburn) in 1778.
Part of Charlton was annexed in 1789.
Part of Sutton was annexed in 1793.
The Oxford South Gore was annexed in 1807.
Part of Charlton annexed in 1809.
Part of Oxford included in new town of Webster in 1832.
The Oxford North Gore was annexed in 1838.


Population at different periods: 1765, 890; 1776,
1, 112; 1790, 1, 000; 1800, 1, 237; 1810, 1, 277; 1820,
1, 562; 1830, 2, 034; 1840, 1, 742; 1850, 2, 380. Pop-
ulation in 1900, 2,677.

Number of Births printed............ 4,280
Marriages........................... 1,931 = 3,862 names
Deaths.............................. 1,650
                                     9,792 total

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