Vital records of Dalton, Massachusetts
to the year 1850.
Published By The New England Historic Genealogical Society,
At The Charge Of The Eddy Town-Record Fund.
Boston, Mass., 1906.

[Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]

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 Evereit Blake, Charles Knowles Bolton, Don Gleason Hill, Edmund Dana Barbour. Editor. Henry Ernest Woods.

THE TOWN OF DALTON, Berkshire County, was established March 20, 1784, from the new plantation of Ashuelot Equivalent. February 28, 1795, a part of Windsor was annexed to Dalton. June 21, 1804, a part of Dalton was included in the new town of Partridgefield.


1790 (U.S.), 554; 1800 (U.S.), 859; 1810 (U.S.), 779; 1820 (U.S.), 817 ; 1830 (U.S.), 827; 1840 (U.S.), 1255; 1850 (U.S.), 1020; 1855 (State), 1064; 1860 (U.S.), 1243; 1865 (State), 1137; 1870 (U.S.), 1252; 1875 (State), 1759 ; 1880 (U.S.), 2052; 1885 (State), 2113; 1890 (U.S.), 2885; 1895 (State), 3210; 1900 (U.S.), 3014


1. WHEN places other than Dalton and Massachusetts are named in the original records, they are given in the printed copy. Prior to 1843, the vital records of Dalton are very imperfect.

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, but the full information concerning each party is given only in the entry under his or her name. When both the marriage and intention of marriage are recorded, only the marriage record is printed.

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.

  • a. ----age.
  • abt. ----about.
  • b. ----born.
  • ch. ----child.
  • chn. ----children.
  • Co. ----country.
  • C.R.1. ----church record. Congregational.
  • C.R.2. ----church record, Episcopalian.
  • d. ----daughter; day; died.
  • Dea. ----Deacon.
  • dup. ----duplicate entry.
  • G.R.1. ----gravestone record, Dalton Cemetery.
  • G.R.2. ----gravestone record, Roman Catholic Cementery.
  • h. ----husband.
  • hrs. ----hours.
  • inf. ----infant.
  • int. ----publishment of intention of marriage.
  • Jr. ----junior.
  • m. ----married; month.
  • min. ----minutes.
  • prob. ----probably.
  • rec. ----recorded.
  • s. ----son.
  • Sr. ----senior.
  • w. ----wife.
  • wid. ----widow.
  • widr. ----widower.
  • y. ----year.
  • 1st. ----first.
  • 2d. ----second.
  • 3d. ---third.

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