Worcester. Massachusetts:
Published By Franklin P. Rice, Trustee of the Fund

[Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]

Publisher's Note.

The list of Marlborough Births, 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. No intentions of marriage previous to 1844 were found in the Marlborough records.

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 Marlborough and Massachusetts are named in the original records, they are given in the printed copy.

  • a.----age
  • b.----born
  • bap.---- baptized
  • ch.----child
  • C.R.----church record
  • d.----daughter; day; died
  • Dea.----deacon
  • dup.----duplicate entry
  • G.S.1.----gravestone, Spring Hill Cemetery
  • G.S.2.----gravestone, High School or Old Common Cemetery
  • G.S.3. ----gravestone, Chipman Cemetery
  • G.S.4.----gravestone, Brigham Cemetery
  • G.S.5. ---- gravestone, Farms Cemetery
  • h.----husband
  • inf.----infant
  • int.----publishment of intention of marriage
  • Jr.---- junior
  • m. ---- male; married; month
  • M.R.---- Middlesex County Registry
  • o.s.---- old style
  • P.R.----private record
  • s.----son
  • Sr.----senior
  • v.R.----Vital Records
  • W.----A. H. Ward record, N. E. Hist. and Gen. Soc.
  • w.----wife
  • wid.----widow
  • widr.----widower

The age given in the Deaths is in years unless otherwise indicated.

Marlborough, Middlesex County.

ON May 31, 1660, the grant to the Whip--suffrage Planters was confirmed, the name of the plantation to be "Marlborow." Certain lands were granted to Marlborough July 2, 1700, and Nov. 16, 1716, the title of a tract of land called "Agaganquamasset" was confirmed. The part called "Chauncy " was established as Westborough (now in Worcester County) Nov. 18, 1717, and a part was established as Southborough (now in Worcester County) July 6, 1727. A part was included in the District of Berlin (Worcester County) March 16, 1784. A part of Framingham was annexed Feb. 23, 1791, and another part was annexed to Northborough (Worcester County) and the boundary line established June 20, 1807. A part was annexed to Bolton (Worcester County) Feb. 11, 1829. A part of Southborough was annexed March 24, 1843.

Population at different periods:
  • 1765, 1,287;
  • 1776, 1,554;
  • 1790, 1,554;
  • 1800 1,735;
  • 1810, 1,674;
  • 1820, 1,952;
  • 1830, 2,077;
  • 1840, 2,101;
  • 1850, 2,941.
Population in 1905, 14,073.

Number of Births printed 7,595

Marriages 1926 ---- 3,852 names

Deaths 2256

13,706 total

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