VITAL RECORDS OF WASHINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS, TO THE YEAR 1850.
PUBLISHED BY THE
NEW-ENGLAND HISTORIC GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY,
AT THE CHARGE OF
THE EDDY TOWN-RECORD FUND.
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.
HENRY ERNEST WOODS.
F. H. GILSON COMPANY
THE TOWN OF WASHINGTON, Berkshire
County, was founded April 12, 1777, from the
plantation called Hartwood and several contiguous
October 21, 1777, a part of Washington was included
in the new town of Lee.
March 12, 1783, a part of Washington was included
in the new town of Middlefield.
January 31, 1795, a part of Washington was annexed
February 18, 1802, a part of Washington was an-
nexed to Lenox.
Population by Census : 1776 (Prov.), 750;
1790 (U.S.), 588; 1800 (U.S.), 914;
1810 (U.S.), 942; 1820 (U.S.), 750;
1830 (U.S.), 701; 1840 (U.S.), 991;
1850 (U.S.), 953; 1855 (State), 1068;
1860 (U.S.), 948; 1865 (State), 859;
1870 (U.S.), 694; 1875 (State), 603;
1880 (U.S.), 493; 1885 (State), 470;
1890 (U.S.), 434; 1895 (State), 423;
1900 (U.S.), 377.
1. WHEN places other than Washington and Massachusetts are
named in the original records, they are given in the printed
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
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
5. Additional information which does not appear in the
original text of an item, 1. 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
abt. — about
b. — born
ch. — child
chn. — children
Co. — county
d. — daughter; died; day
Dea. — deacon
dup. — duplicate entry
h. — husband
inf. — infant
int.—publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. — junior
m. — married; month
prob. — probably
rec. — recorded
s. — son
Sr. — senior
w. — wife; week
Wid. — widow
1st. — first
2d. — second
3d. — third