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Vital Records of Wrentham, Massachusetts to the Year 1850


Compiled by Thomas W. Baldwin, A.B., S.B., member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Boston, Mass., 1910.

               Number of Births printed ............. 8462
               Marriages .................... 2571 x 2 =5142 names
               Deaths ........................................... 3522
                                                                        17126 total

Stanhope Press, F. H. Gilson Company
Boston, U.S.A.
                                
 WRENTHAM was first settled in 1660 by settlers from Dedham and was then known by the Indian name of Wollomonopoag.
 October 15, 1673, land was granted to the inhabitants of Wollomonopoag and the town was incorporated under the name of Wrentham.
 The town was afterwards temporarily abandoned, and in the first volume of vital records it is recorded that on March 30, 1676, "ye Inhabitance ware drawn of by Rason of ye Indien warrs." The same record further states that in 1680 Rev. Mr. Man and divers inhabitants returned to Wrentham.
 November 27, 1719, part of Wrentham was included in the new town of Bellingham.
 March 2, 1778, part of Wrentham was established as the town of Franklin.
 June 10, 1778, part of Wrentham was taken to form part of the town of Foxborough.
 February 18, 1830, part of Attleborough was annexed to Wrentham.
 February 7, 1831, part of Wrentham was annexed to Foxborough.
 February 23, 1870, part of Wrentham was taken to form part of the town of Norfolk.
 April 4, 1905, part of Wrentham was taken to form the town of Plainville.

Population by Census : 1765 (Prov.), 2022;
1776 (Prov.), 2879;    1790 (U.S.), 1767;
1800 (U.S.),  2061;    1810 (U.S.), 2478;
1820 (U.S.),  2801;    1830 (U.S.), 2698;
1840 (U.S.),  2915;    1850 (U.S.), 3037;
1855 (State), 3242;    1860 (U.S.), 3406;
1865 (State), 3072;    1870 (U.S.), 2292;
1875 (State), 2395;    1880 (U.S.), 2481;
1885 (State), 2710;    1890 (U.S.), 2566;
1895 (State), 2584;    1900 (U.S.), 2720;
1905 (State), 1428.
                 
EXPLANATIONS.
 1. When places other than Wrentham or 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 may be found under different spellings.
 4. Marriages are printed under the names of both parties. When a marriage appears that has its intention recorded it is designated with an asterisk. No record of intentions of marriage is to be found in Wrentham except between Feb. 15, 1826, and Feb. 18, 1843.
 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, is bracketed.
                    
ABBREVIATIONS.
a. - age
abt. - about
b. - born
bp. - baptized
ch. - child
Co. - County
C.R. - church record
d. - died: daughter: day
Dea. - deacon
dec. - deceased
dup. - duplicate entry
G.R.1. - grave record, Wrentham Centre Cemetery
G.R.2. - grave record, Great Plain Cemetery
G.R.3.- grave record, Plainville Cemetery
G.R.4. - grave record, Shepardville Cemetery
G.R.5.- grave record, Sheldonville Cemetery
G.R.6.- grave record, West Wrentham Cemetery
G.R.7. - grave record, Pondville Cemetery
G.R.8. - grave record, Norfolk, formerly North Wrentham Cemetery
h. - husband
hrs.- hours
inf. - infant
int. - publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. - junior
m. - male: monti
md. - married
min. - minutes
prob. - probably
s. - son
Sr.- senior
S.R. - Suffolk court record
T.C. - from Town Copy
unm. - unmarried
w. - wife
wid. - widow
widr. - widower
y. - year
1st. - first
2d. - second
3d. - third

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