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Vital Records of Westminster, Massachusetts to the Year 1850


 

Worcester, Massachusetts
Published by Franklin P. Rice, Trustee of the fund
1908.

Stanhope Press
F. H. Gilson Company
Boston, U.S.A.

Publisher's Note 
THE list of Westminster 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 reference.

All of the records are condensed in print as much as is consistent with intelligibility, accuracy, and completeness of information. 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 Westminster, and consequently publishment was made elsewhere.

When places other than Westminster and Massachusetts are named in the original records, they are given in the printed copy.

ABBREVIATIONS.
a. - age
b. - born
bap. - 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, Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
G.S.3. - gravestone, North Cemetery at Whitmanville.
h. - husband
inf. - infant
int. - publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. - junior
m. - male; married; month
M.R. - Middlesex County Registry
O.S. - old style
P.R. - private record
s. - son
Sr. - senior
V.R. - Vital Records
w. - wife
wid. - widow
widr. - widower

 

The age given in the Deaths is in years unless otherwise indicated.

Westminster, Worcester County.

 

THIS settlement was established as a district October 20, 1759, from the plantation known as " Narragansett Number Two." It became a town, April 26, 1770. A part was included in the new town of Gardner June 27, 1785, and parts of Fitchburg were annexed February 27, 1796, and February 16, 1813. A part was annexed to Ashburnham January 28, 1824. A
part of the common lands called No Town was annexed April 10, 1838.

 Population at different periods: 1765, 468; 1776,
1,145; 1790, 1,176; 1800, 1369; 1810 1,419; 1820,
1,634; 1830, 1,696; 1840, 1,645; l850, 1,914.
 Population in 1905, 1,348.

Number  of Births printed................................3,815
          Marriages..............................  1,460 = 2,920 names
          Deaths.........................................         1,433
                                                                      8,168 total

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