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Vital Records of West Springfield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850


 

 

PUBLISHED BY THE

 

NEW ENGLAND HISTORIC GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
AT THE ROBERT HENRY EDDY MEMORIAL ROOMS

 

AT THE CHARGE OF
THE EDDY TOWN-RECORD FUND

 

BOSTON, MASS.
1944

 

THIS publication is issued under the authority of a vote
passed by the
new england historic genealogical
SOCIETY, November 6, 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 publish-
ing the Vital Records of the towns of Massachusetts, and that
the Council be authorized and instructed to make such ar-
rangements 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.

 

florence conant howes,
in charge of Vital Records

 

haverhill, mass.
record publishing
Co

 

THE TOWN OF WEST SPRINGFIELD, Hampden
County, was established February 23,  1774, from a
part of Springfield.

 

March 3, 1802, a part of Westfield was annexed.
March 14, 1850, a part was established as Holyoke.
May 17, 1855, a part was established as Agawam.

 

 

 

Population by Census:

1776

(Prov.),

1744;


1790

(U.S.),

2367;

1800

(U.S.),

2835;

1810

(U.S.),

3109;

1820

(U.S.),

3246;

1830

(U.S.),

3270;

1840

(U.S.),

3626;

1850

(U.S.),

2979;

1855

(State),

2090;

1860

(U.S.),

2105;

1865

(State),

2100;

1870

(U.S.),

2606;

1875

(State),

3739;

1880

(U.S.),

4149;

1885

(State),

4448;

1890

(U.S.),

5077;

1895

(State),

6125;

1900

(U.S.),

7105;

1905

(State),

8101;

1910

(U.S.),

9224;

1915

(State),

11339;

1920

(U.S.),

13443;

1925

(State),

15326;

1930

(U.S.),

16684;

1935

(State),

17118;

1940

(U.S.),

17135.




 

EXPLANATION

 

1.  The fact that a birth, marriage, or death is recorded in
West Springfield does not prove that it occurred there, unless
it is so stated in the record.   When places other than West
Springfield and Massachusetts are named in the original records
they are given as they appear there; but when West Spring-
field is named, the initial letter only is used, except in un-
usual phrases.

 

2.  In all items from town records the original spelling is
followed, and no attempt is made to correct errors appearing in
the records.

 

3.  A baptism is not printed, if it occurs within one year after
the recorded date of birth of a child of the same name and
parents or if it is clear that the child baptized is identical with
the child of  the birth  record; but variations  found in the
baptismal record are added to the birth record.

 

4.  The birth of a married woman is recorded under her
maiden name, if it is known. But if the maiden name cannot be
determined, the entry appears under the husband's name, with
a dash enclosed in brackets, i. e., [---------], to signify that the
maiden name is unknown.  If it is not known whether the sur-
name is that of a married or unmarried woman, " ? m." is placed
in brackets after the Christian name.

 

5.  Marriages and intentions of marriage are printed in full
under the names of the men.   The names of the women are
used in general only as cross references.  When both the mar-
riage and intention of marriage are recorded, only the marriage
record is printed, and where a marriage appears without the
intention being recorded, it is designated with an asterisk.

 

6.  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 to show variations in the spelling of a
name in the same entry, to indicate the maiden name of a wife,
to enclose an imperfect portion of the original text, and to
separate clauses in the original text.

 

 

 

ABBREVIATIONS

 

a. — age
abt.— about
b. — born
bp. — baptized
bur. — buried
ch. — child
chn. — children
C.R.1. — church record, First Congregational Church in West Springfield
C.R.2. — church record, Agawam Congregational Church
C.R.3. — church record, Feeding Hills Congregational Church
C.R.4. — church  record,   Baptist  Church  of   Christ  in  West Springfield
C.R.5. — church record, First Ba

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