| Vital Records of Spencer, Massachusetts to the Year 1850
WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS :
PUBLISHED BY FRANKLIN P. RICE.
Trustee of the Fund.
THE list of Spencer 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. Some additions have been made from
other sources, and these are indicated in each instance by proper
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 is not found recorded, and
in many cases this is accounted for by the fact that neither
party belonged in Spencer, and consequently publishment was
The double date is used in January, February and March prior
to 1752 only when it so occurs in the original, and instances of the
modern form are common after 1725.
When places other than Spencer and Massachusetts are named
in the original records they are given in the printed copy
a, - age
b. - born
lap. - baptized
ch. - child
c.R. - church record
d. - daughter; day; died
Dea. - deacon
dup, - duplicate entry
G.S.1. - gravestone, Old Cemetery
G.s.2. - gravestone, Pine Grove Cemetery
G.S.3. - gravestone, Cemetery on Charlton line
G.S.4. - gravestone, Cemetery at Podunk
h. - husband
inf. - infant
int. - publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. - junior
m. - male; married; month
P.R. - private record
s, - son
Sr. - senior
w. - wife
wid. - widow
widr. - widower
The age given in the Deaths is in years unless otherwise indicated.
Spencer. Worcester County.
SPENCER was established as a District April 12.
1753, from a part of Leicester, and was incor-
porated as a town August 23, 1775.
Population at different periods: 1765, 664; 1776.
1,042; 1790, 1,322; 1800, 1,432; 1810, 1,4535 1820
1,548; 1830, 1,618; 1840, 1,604; 1850, 2,244.
Population in 1905, 7,121