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

[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 Everett Blake
Charles Knowles Bolton
Don Gleason Hill
Edmund Dana Barbour.
Editor. Henry Ernest Woods.

THE TOWN OF NEW BRAINTREE, Worcester County, was established as the District of New Braintree, January 31, 1751, from the common land called New Braintree and a part of the Town of Hardwick.

August 23, 1775, the District was made a Town by general act.

June 10, 1791, bounds between New Braintree and Brookfield were established, and a part of each town was annexed to the other town.

March 8, 1792, bounds between New Braintree and Brookfield were established, and a part of each town was annexed to the other town.

June 10, 1814, a part of New Braintree was annexed to Hardwick.

Population by Census:
  • 1765 (Prov), 594;
  • 1776 (Prov.), 798;
  • 1790 (U.S.), 939;
  • 1800 (U.S.), 875;
  • 1810 (U.S.), 912;
  • 1820 (U.S.), 888;
  • 1830 (U.S.), 825;
  • 1840 (U.S.), 752;
  • 1850 (U.S.), 852;
  • 1855 (State), 775;
  • 1860 (U.S.), 805;
  • 1865 (State), 752;
  • 1870 (U.S.), 640;
  • 1875 (State), 606;
  • 1880 (U.S.), 610;
  • 1885 (State), 558;
  • 1890 (U.S.), 573;
  • 1895 (State), 542;
  • 1900 (U.S.), 600;


1. WHEN places other than New Braintree 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 birth place of parents, in late marriage records.

  • a.----age
  • abt.----about
  • b.----born
  • ch.----child
  • chn.----children
  • Co.----county
  • d.----daughter; died; day
  • Dea.----deacon
  • dup.----duplicate entry
  • h.----husband
  • inf.----infant
  • int.----publishment of intention of marriage
  • Jr.----junior
  • m.----married; month
  • prob.----probably
  • rec.----recorded
  • s.----son
  • Sr.----senior
  • w.----wife; week
  • wid.----widow
  • widr.----widower
  • y.----year
  • 1st.----first
  • 2d.----second
  • 3d.----third

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