Vital Records Of Amherst,
Hampshire County, Massachusetts
To The Year 1850
(Some Records to the Early 20th Century)
Published by The New England Historic and Genealogical Society in the Corbin Collection,
and by The Search & Research Publishing Corporation
[Transcribed by Carlton O. Hommel]
Explanations & Abbreviations are at the bottom of this page.
Amherst, Hampshire Co., MA, Residents Of Amherst Not Born, Married, Or Died In Amherst
The following records of births, marriages, and deaths include all entries to be found in the church records and in the cemetery records. The records of intentions are those that did not result in a marriage.
These records are printed in a condensed form in which every essential particular has been preserved. All duplication of records has been eliminated, but differences in entry and other explanatory matter appear in brackets.
The numbers at the left of every entry refer to the page number(s) cited in the reference at the end of the entry.
Parentheses are used when they occur in the original record; also to indicate the maiden name of a wife.
When places other than Amherst in Massachusetts are named, they are not shown as in MA except to avoid confusion. Towns outside of Massachusetts have their states indicated.
Marriages are printed under the names of both parties.
Double-dating is used in the months of January, February and March, prior to 1752, whenever it appears in the original, and also whenever from the sequence of entry in the original the date may be easily determined. When the date of a marriage is noted as "soon after". or "immediately after", the date given is that of the Intention, as the marriage date was not known.
In all records the original spelling of names is followed, and in the alphabetical arrangement the various forms should be examined; as items about the same family may be found under different spellings.
The earliest known document of the lands now comprising Amherst is the deed of purchase dated December 1658 between John Pynchon of Springfield and three native inhabitants, referred to as Umpanchla, Quonquont and Chickwalopp.
When the first permanent English settlements arrived in 1727, this land and the surrounding area (including present-day South Hadley and Granby) belonged to the town of Hadley. Wikipedia
New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA, "The Corbin Collection, Vol. 1, Records of Hampshire Co., MA".
Search and Research Publishing Corp., Wheat Ridge, CO., "Early Vital Records of Western Massachusetts".