Vital Records of Peru, 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
Francis Everett Blake
Charles Knowles Bolton
Don Gleason Hill
Edmund Dana Barbour
Henry Ernest Woods
P.H. Gilson Company
THE TOWN OF PERU, Berkshire County, was formerly Partridgefield.
July 4, 1771, the new plantation called Number Two was established
March 12, 1783, a part of Partridgefield was included in the
new town of Middlefield.
June 21, 1804, a part of Partridgefield was established as Hinsdale.
June 19, 1806, the name of Partridgefield changed to Peru.
Population by Census: 1776 (Prov.), 376; 1790
(U.S.), 1041; 1800 (U. S.), 1361 ; 1810 (U. S.), 912;
1820 (U. S.), 748; 1830 (U. S.) 729; 1840 (U. S.),
576; 1850 (U. S.), 519; 1855 (State), 487; 1860
(U. S.), 499; 1865 (State), 494; 1870 (U.S.), 455;
1875 (State), 443; 1880 (U. S.), 403; 1885 (State),
368; 1890 (U. S.), 305; 1895 (State), 305; 1900
(U. S.), 253.
1. WHEN places other than Peru 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.
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; and where a marriage appears without the
intention recorded, it is designated 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 the 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
duf. — 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
1st. — first
2d. — second.