VITAL RECORDS OF DOUGLAS,
WORCESTER CO., MASSACHUSETTS,
TO THE END OF THE YEAR 1849
[Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]
THE list of , Marriages, and Deaths comprised in this volume includes all that were found in the Town Books covering the period from the earliest date there recorded to the end of the year 1849. Some additions have been made from other sources, and these are indicated in each instance by proper reference.
All of the records are condensed in print as much as is consistent with intelligibility, accuracy, and completeness of information.
Differences in duplicates, and explanatory or other matter which seemed necessary or desirable, appear in brackets.
Marriages and intentions of marriage are printed under the names of both parties, but the full information concerning each person is given only under his or her name.
The double date is used in the months of January, February, and March prior to 1752 only when it so appears in the original, and instances of the modern form after 1725 are not uncommon.
When places other than Douglas and Massachusetts are named in the original records, they are given in the printed copy.
The age given in the Deaths is in years unless otherwise indicated.
THE first settlers of this township came from Sherburn, from which circumstance it was called New Sherburn until it was established as a district, June 5, 1746. It was given its present name in honor of Dr. William Douglas of Boston, a native of Scotland, an eminent physician and author, and a considerable benefactor. The town was incorporated August 23, 1775.
Population at different periods:
Number of Births printed ---- 2442.
Marriages 1,304 = 2,608 names.
Deaths ---- 782;