Vital Records of Westminster, Massachusetts to the Year 1850
Published by Franklin P. Rice, Trustee of the fund
F. H. Gilson Company
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.
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
= 2,920 names