Published by the
New England Historic Genealogical Society
at the Robert Henry Eddy Memorial Rooms
at the charge of
The Eddy Town-Record Fund.


[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown & Sandra Boudrou]

Abbreviations & Explanations below


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, he 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 each publication. And the treasurer is hereby instructed to honor such drafts as shall be authorized by the Council for this purpose.

Committee on Publications

James Parker Parmenter
Hosea Starr Ballou
John Wallace Suter
Edmund Dana Barbour
G. Andrews Moriarty Jr.
Alfred Johnson
Henry Edward Scott, Editor

THE TOWN OF GRANVILLE, Hampden County, was established as a district January 25, 1754, from the plantation of Bedford.
August 23, 1775, the district was made a town by general act.
June 14, 1810, a part was established as Tolland.


1. When places other than Granville and Massachusetts are named in the original records, they are given in the printed copy.
2. In all items from town records the original spelling is followed, and no attempt is made to correct errors appearing in the records or to harmonize conflicting names or dates.
3. The various spelling of a name should be examined, as items about the same family or individual may be found under different spellings.
4. A baptism is not printed if it occurs within one year after a recorded date of birth, although any variations found in the baptismal record are added to the birth record. But a baptism is printed, if it occurs more than one year after the recorded date of birth of a child of the same name and parents, no attempt being made to decide whether the child baptized is identical with the child of the birth record or is another child of the same name.
5. 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 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.
6. Marriages and intentions of marriages are printed under the names of both parties. With both the marriage and intention of marriage are recorded, only the marriage record is printed; and where a marriage appears without the intention recorded, it is designated by an asterisk.
7. 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 the difference 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 - such as the birthplace of a parent in late records.


a. - age
abt. - about
b. - born.
bp. - baptized
bur. - buried
ch. - child
chn. - children
CR1 - church record, Congregational Church
CR2 - church record, a Methodist circuit steward book, containing baptisms and marriages in the several "classes" (not always designated) of Granville, now in the possession of the New England Conference Historical Society.
CR3 - church record, Baptist Church
Co. - county
d. - day, died [also daughter, but I'm putting 'dau.' instead].
Dea. - deacon
dec'd - deceased
dup. - duplicate entry
Ens. - Ensign
GR1 - gravestone record, West Cemetery, Granville Centre
GR2 - gravestone record, Southeast Cemetery, Granville
GR3 - gravestone record, North Cemetery, Granville Centre
GR4 - gravestone record, Northeast Cemetery, Granville
GR5 - gravestone record, Dickinson private lot, Granville
GR6 - gravestone record, West Granville Cemetery, West Granville
h. - husband
hrs. - hours
inf. - infant
int. - publishment of intention of marriage
Jr. - junior
Lt. - Lieutenant
m. - married; month
min. - minutes
PR1 - private record, from a Barlow family Bible, now in the possession of Edmund Barlow of Granville.
PR2 - private record, from a Tinker family Bible, now in the possession of Miss May C. Noble of Granville.
PR3 - private record, from a Gibbons family Bible, now in the possession of Miss May C. Noble of Granville.
PR4 - private record, from a Root family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Harry Hartley of Granville.
PR5 - private record, from the James Cooley family Bible, now in the possession of Ralph B. Cooley of Granville.
PR6 - private record, from the Rev. Timothy Mather Cooley manuscript, containing baptisms, marriages, and deaths occurring in Mr. Cooley's parish, and funerals which he attended, now in the possession of Mrs. J. M. Stevenson of Pittsfield.
PR7 - private record, from a fly-leaf of a Bible of Aholibamah (Bates) Snow, now in the possession of Mrs. Barrett Hamilton of Battle Creek, Michigan.
PR8 - private record, from a Rose family Bible, now in the possession of Miles J. Rose of Granville.
q.v. - which see; whom see.
rec. - recorded
s. - son
Sr. - senior
w. - week, wife [I tend to spell out wife, however].
wid. - widow
widr. - widower
y. - year.

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