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Vital Records of Pelham, Massachusetts to the Year 1850


Published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society,
at the charge of the Eddy Town-Record Fund


Boston, Mass. 1902


THIS publication is issued under the authority of a vote passed by the NEW-ENGLAND  HISTORIC  GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, 6 November, 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.
C.B. Tillinghast
Francis Everett Blake
Charles Knowles Bolton
Don Gleason Hill
Edmund Dana Barbour
Editor, Henry Ernest Woods

Stanhope Press
F. H. Gilson Copmany
Boston, U.S.A.


THE TOWN OF PELHAM, Hampshire County,  was established January 15, 1743,
prior to which time it was the common land called New  Lisburne.
  June 16, 1788, a part of Belchertown was annexed to Pelham.
  January 28, 1822, a part of Pelham was included in the new town of Prescott.


Population by Census: 1765 (Prov.), 371; 1776
(Prov.), 729 ; 1790 (U. S.), 1040; 1800 (U. S.), 1144;
1810 (U.S.), 1185; 1820 (U.S.), 1278; 1830 (U.S.),
904;  1840 (U. S.), 956; 1850 (U. S.), 983; 1855
(State), 789; 1860 (U. S.), 748; 1865 (State), 737;
1870 (U. S.), 673; 1875 (State), 633; 1880 (U.S.),
614;  1885 (State), 549; 1890 (U. S.), 486; 1895
(State), 486 ; 1900 (U. S.), 462.


   1. WHEN  places other than Pelham  and  Massachusetts are named   in the original records, they are given in the printed copy.
   2. In all records the original spelling is followed.
   3. The various spellings of a name should be examined, as items about the same family or individual might be found under different spellings of that name.
   4. Marriages and intentions of marriages are printed under the names  of both parties, but the full information concerning each  party is given only in the entry under his or her name.
When  both the marriage and intention of marriage are recorded, only the marriage record is printed, with an asterisk.
   5. 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 a record, is bracketed.
Parentheses are used only when they occur in the original text, or to separate clauses found there — such as the birth-place of parents, in late marriage records.


a. — age
b. — born
ch. — child
chn. — children
Co. — county
d. — daughter; died; day
Dea. —  deacon
dup. — duplicate entry
f. — female
h. — husband
inf. — infant
int. — publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. — junior
m. —  married; male ; month
prob. — probably
rec. — recorded
s. — son
Sr. — senior
w. —  wife ; week
wid. — widow
widr. — widower
y. — year
2d. — second
3d. — third

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