Vital Records of Sturbridge, Massachusetts to the Year 1850
Published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society
at the Charge of the Eddy Town-Record Fund
Boston, Mass., 1906.
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
F.H. Gilsom Company
Boston, Mass. U.S.A.
THE TOWN OF STURBRIDGE, Worcester County, was established June 24, 1738, from
the common land called New Medfield.
October 25, 1754, certain lands were annexed to Sturbridge.
June 26, 1792, a part of Charlton was annexed to Sturbridge.
June 25, 1794, a part of Middlesex Gore was annexed to Sturbridge.
February 15, 1816, a part of Sturbridge was included in the new town of Southbridge.
April 6, 1839, a part of Sturbridge was annexed to Southbridge.
Population by Census : 1765 (Prov.), 896;
1776 (Prov.), 1374; 1790 (U.S.), 1704;
1800 (U.S.), 1846; 1810 (U.S.), 1927;
1820 (U.S.), 1633; 1830 (U.S.), 1688;
1840 (U.S.), 2005; 1850 (U.S.), 2119;
1855 (State), 2188; 1860 (U.S.), 2291;
1865 (State), 1993; 1870 (U.S.), 2101;
1875 (State), 2213; 1880 (U.S.), 2062;
1885 (State), 1980; 1890 (U.S.), 2074;
1895 (State), 1910; 1900 (U.S.), 2058.
1. WHEN places other than Sturbridge 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. 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 birthplace of parents, in late marriage records.
a. - age
abt. - about
b. - born
ch. - child
chn. - children
Co. - county
C.R.1. - church record, Congregational
C.R.2. - church record, Baptist (Fiskdale)
d. - daughter ; died ; day
Dea. - deacon
dup. - duplicate entry
G.R.1. - gravestone record, Old Cemetery
G.R.2. - gravestone record, New Cemetery
h. - husband
hrs. - hours
inf. - infant
int. - publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. - junior
m. - married ; month
min. - minutes
P.R.1. - private record, from Fiske Diary and Family Records, now in the possession of Wilson Fiske, of West Medford, Mass.
P.R.2.- private record, from a record of deaths, 1779-1786, kept by Jacob Corey, now in the possession of Eben P. Bassett, of Bangor, Me.
P.R.3.- private record, from Mason family Bible, now in the possession of the New England Historic Genealogical 50ciety
prob. - probably
rec. - recorded
w. -wife; week
wid. - widow
widr. - widower
y. - year
1st. - first
2d. - second
3d. - third