VITAL RECORDS OF SHREWSBURY, MASSACHUSETTS TO THE YEAR 1850
PUBLISHED BY FRANKLIN P. RICE,
Trustee of the Fund.
THE list of Shrewsbury Births, Marriages and Deaths comprised
in this volume includes all found in the Town Books covering the
period from the earliest date there recorded to the end of the
year 1849. Some additions and corrections have been made
from other sources, these being indicated in each instance by
All of the records are condensed in print as much as is con-
sistent with intelligibility, accuracy, and completeness of infor-
mation. 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 Shrewsbury, 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 Shrewsbury and Massachusetts are
named in the original records, they are given in the printed copy.
a, — age
abt. — about
ch. — child
chn. — children
co. — county
C.R. — church record
d.— daughter; day; died
Dea. — deacon
dup. — duplicate entry
f. — female
G.R.. — gravestone record
h, — husband
inf. — infant
int. — publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. — junior
m. — male; married; month
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.
THIS township was granted to certain persons in
1717, most of whom belonged to Marlborough,
and a settlement was begun in that year.
It was incorporated as a town under its present name,
December 19, 1727. Its original territory has been
greatly curtailed, the town of Boylston having been set
off, while other portions have been annexed to Lan-
caster, Westborough and Grafton.
Population at different periods: 1765, 1,401 ; 1790,
963; 1800, 1,048; 1810, 1,210; 1820, 1,458; 1830,
1,386; 1840, 1,481; 1850, 1,623,
Population in 1900, 1,626.