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Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850

 


Vital Records of West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850
Published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, at the Charge of the Eddy-Town Record Fund.

Boston, Mass., 1907.

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

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

           
PUBLISHED BY THE
NEW ENGLAND HISTORIC GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY,
AT THE CHARGE OF
THE EDDY TOWN-RECORD FUND.
BOSTON, MASS.,
1907.
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.
     
THE TOWN OF WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Berkshire County, was established March 9, 1774, from a part of Stockbridge, as the district of West Stockbridge.
 August 23, 1775, the district was made a town by general act.
  March 2, 1793, a gore of common land was annexed to West Stockbridge.
  March 2, 1829, a part of Stockbridge was annexed to West Stockbridge.
 February 6, 1830, the act of March 2, 1829, was perfected.
  March 27, 1834, bounds between West Stockbridge and Richmond were established.
  March 17, 1847, a Part of West Stockbridge was annexed to Alford.
                   

    Population by Census: 1776 (Prov.),  370;
    1790 (U.S.), 1113; 1800 (U.S.), 1002;
    1810 (U.S.), 1049; 1820 (U.S.), 1034;
    1830 (U.S.), 1209; 1840 (U.S.), 1448;
    1850 (U.S.), 1713; 1855 (State), 1736;
    1860 (U.S.), 1589; 1865 (State), 1620;
    1870 (U.S.), 1924; 1875 (State), 1981;
    1880 (U.S.), 1923; 1885 (State), 1648;
    1890 (U.S.), 1492; 1895 (State), 1257;
    1900 (U.S.), 1158.

EXPLANATIONS.
 1. WHEN places other than West Stockbridge 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.

ABBREVIATIONS.
a. - age
abt. - about
b. - born
ch. - child
chn. - children
Co. -  county
C.R.1. - church record, Congregational
C.R.2. - church record, Village Church
d. - daughter; died; day
Dea. - deacon
dup. - duplicate entry
G.R.1. - gravestone record, Center Cemetery
G.R.2. - gravestone record, South, or Slauter, Cemetery.
G.R.3. - gravestone record, Village Protestant Cemetery.
G.R.4. - gravestone record, Village Catholic 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 Bible of John Easland, now in the possession of Arthur Easland, of West Stockbridge
P.R.2. - private record, from Bible of Alvan Arnold, now in the possession of Alvan Arnold, of West Stockbridge.
P.R.3. - private record, from Bible of Thomas French, now in the possession of Mrs. A. A. Arnold, of West Stockbridge
P.R.4. - private record, from a family register relating to Cone, Moore and Edwards families, now in the possession of Theodore Cone, of West       Stockbridge
P.R.5. - private record, from an  account book now in the possession of Herbert Jenkins, of West Stockbridge
P.R.6. - private record, from a family record of J. S. Moore, of West Stockbridge
prob. - probably
rec. - recorded
s. - son
Sr. - senior
w. - wife; week
wid. - widow
widr. - widower
y. - year
1st. - first
2d. - second
3d. - third

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