Vital Records Of Ashfield 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. 1942

[Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]

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 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.

FLORENCE CONANT HOWES, in charge of Vital Records

THE TOWN OF ASHFIELD, Franklin County, was established June 21, 1765, from the new plantation called "Huntstown."
Population by Census:
  • 1765 (Prov.) [628];
  • 1776 (Prov.), 628;
  • 1790 (U.S.), 459;
  • 1800 (U.S.), 1741;
  • 1810 (U.S.), 1809;
  • 1820 (U.S.), 1748;
  • 1830 (U.S.), 1832;
  • 1840 (U.S.), 1610;
  • 1850 (U.S.), 1394;
  • 1855 (State), 1342;
  • 1860 (U.S.), 1302;
  • 1865 (State), 1221;
  • 1870 (U.S.), 1180;
  • 1875 (State), 1190;
  • 1880 (U.S.), 1065;
  • 1885 (State), 1097;
  • 1890 (U.S.), 1025;
  • 1895 (State), 1013;
  • 1900 (U.S.), 955;
  • 1905 (State), 959;
  • 1910 (U.S.), 959;
  • 1915 (State), 994;
  • 1920 (U.S.), 869;
  • 1925 (State), 919;
  • 1930 (U.S.), 860;
  • 1935 (State), 918;
  • 1940 (U.S.), 872.

  • 1. The fact that a birth, marriage, or death is recorded in Ashfield does not prove that it occurred there, unless it is so stated in the record. When places other than Ashfield and Massachusetts are named in the original records they are given as they appear there; but when Ashfield is named, the initial letter only is used, except in unusual 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 dear 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 surname 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 man. The names of the women are used in general only as cross references. When both the marriage and intention of marriage are recorded, only the marriage record is printed.
  • 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.
  • 7. Phrases between plus marks +----+ denote insertions in a later handwriting.

  • a. ---- age
  • abt. ---- about
  • A.---- Ashfield
  • b.---- born
  • bp.---- baptized
  • bur. ---- buried
  • cert. ----"Certified"
  • ch.---- child
  • chn. ---- children
  • C.R.1. ---- church record, Congregational Church
  • C.R.2. ---- church record, Baptist Church of Christ
  • C.R.3. ---- church record, St. John's (Episcopal) Church of Ashfield
  • C.R.3. ---- church record, St. James (Episcopal) Church of Greenfield
  • Co. ---- County
  • d. ---- daughter; day; died
  • Dea.---- deacon
  • dec'd ---- deceased
  • dup.---- duplicate entry
  • Eld.----Elder
  • Ens. ---- Ensign
  • G.R.1. gravestone record, Spruce Corner Cemetery
  • G.R.2. ---- gravestone record, Apple Valley Cemetery in Ashfield
  • G.R.3. - gravestone record, South Ashfield Cemetery
  • G.R.4. ---- gravestone record, Hill Cemetery
  • G.R.5 ---- gravestone record, Brier Hill Cemetery
  • G.R.6. ---- gravestone record, Beldingville Cemetery in Ashfield
  • G.R.7. ---- gravestone record, Baptist Corner Cemetery
  • G.R.8. ---- gravestone record, Ashfield Plain Cemetery
  • h.---- hours; husband
  • inf. ---- infant
  • int. ---- publishment of intention of marriage
  • Jr.---- junior
  • Lt. ---- Lieutenant
  • m. ---- marriage; married; month
  • min. ---- minutes
  • P.R.1. - private record, list of deaths in the custody of the town clerk
  • P.R.2. - private record, from the Joseph Hall family Bible in the possession (1932) of Charles A. Hall
  • P.R.3. - private record, from the Samuel Bement family Bible, the photographed records of which are in the possession of the New England Historic Genealogical Society
  • q.v.---- which see; whom see
  • rec. ---- recorded
  • s. ---- Son
  • Sr. ---- Senior
  • w. ---- week; wife
  • wid.---- widow
  • widr.---- widower
  • y. ---- year

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