Medway, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts
Vital Records To The Year 1850
Published By The New-England Historic Genealogical Society,
At The Charge Of The Eddy Town-Record Fund.
Boston, Mass., 1905.

[Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]

THE Publicaton 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 publicaton.

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

Committee on Publications.

THE TOWN OF MEDWAY, Norfolk County (formerly in Suffolk County, until 1793), Was established October 24, 1713, from a part of Medfield.
  • March 3, 1792, bounds between Medway and Sherborn were established.
  • June 25, 1792, a part of Medway was annexed to Franklin.
  • November 13, 1792, bounds between Medway and Franklin were established.
  • March 3, 1829, bounds between Medway and Holliston were established, and a part of each town annexed to the other town.
  • February 23, 1832, bounds between Medway and Franklin were established.
  • March 13, 1839, a part of Franklin was annexed to Medway, and bounds established.

Population by Census:
  • 1765 (Prov.), 783;
  • 1776 (Prov.), 912;
  • 1790 (U.S.), 1035;
  • 1800 (U.S.), 1050;
  • 1810 (U.S.), 1213;
  • 1820 (U.S.), 1523;
  • 1830 (U.S.), 1756;
  • 1840 (U.S.), 2043;
  • 1850 (U.S.), 2778;
  • 1855 (State), 3230;
  • 1860 (U.S.), 3195;
  • 1865 (State), 3219;
  • 1870 (U.S.), 3721;
  • 1875 (State), 4242;
  • 1880 (U.S.), 3956;
  • 1885 (State), 2777;
  • 1890 (U.S.), 2985;
  • 1895 (State), 2913;
  • 1900 (U.S.), 2761;

  • 1. WHEN places other than Medway and Massachusetts are named in the original records, they are given in the printed copy.
  • 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.----county
  • C.R.1.---- church record, First Congregational, East Medway (now Millis).
  • C.R.2.----church record, Second Congregational, West Medway.
  • d.----daughter; died; day
  • Dea.----deacon
  • dup.---- duplicate entry
  • G.R.1.----gravestone record, East Medway (now Millis) Cemetery
  • G.R.2.----gravestone record, West Medway Cemetery
  • h.----husband
  • hrs.---- hours
  • inf.----infant
  • int.----publishment of intention of marriage
  • Jr.---- junior
  • m. married; month
  • min.---- minutes
  • P.R.----private record, from Rev. Dr. Jacob Ide's account of Marriages and Deaths, 1814-1849, now in the possession of Orion T. Mason of Medway
  • prob.----probably
  • rec.---- recorded
  • s.----son
  • Sr.---- senior
  • w.----wife; week
  • wid----widow
  • wid.----widower
  • y.-----year
  • 1st.---- first
  • 2d.----second
  • 3d.----third

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