Vital Records Of Richmond, Massachusetts
To The Year 1850
Published By The New England Historic Genealogical Society
At The Robert Henry Eddy Memorial Rooms
At The Charge Of The Eddy Town-Record Fund,
Boston, Mass. 1913.

[Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]

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, 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: James Parker Parmenter, Edmund Dana Barbour, Henry Edwards Scott, Hosea Starr Ballou, G. Andrews Moriarty, Jr., Editor: Henry Edwards Scott

THE TOWN OF RICHMOND, Berkshire County, was established June 21, 1765, under the name of Richmont, from a new plantation called Yokum Town and Mount Ephraim.

February 26, 1767, part was established as the district of Lenox.

April 24, 1772, certain estates were set off from Lenox to Richmond.

March 3, 1785, the name of Richmont was changed to Richmond.

March 27, 1834, bounds were established between Richmond and West Stockbridge.

  • 1765(Prov.), [921];
  • 1776(Prov.), 921;
  • 1790(U.S.), 1255;
  • 1800(U.S.), 1044;
  • 1810(U.S.), 1041;
  • 1820(U.S.), 923;
  • 1830(U.S.), 844;
  • 1840(U.S.), 1097;
  • 1850(U.S.), 907;
  • 1855(State), 970;
  • 1860(U.S.), 914;
  • 1865(State), 944;
  • 1870(U.S.), 1091;
  • 1875(State), 1141;
  • 1880(U.S.), 1124;
  • 1885(State), 854;
  • 1890(U.S.), 796;
  • 1895(State), 701;
  • 1900(U.S.), 679;
  • 1905(State), 601;
  • 1910(U.S.), 650.


1. WHEN places other than Richmond 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 spellings 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 the 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. When both the marriage and intention of marriage are recorded, only the marriage record is printed.

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
  • C.R. ----church record, Congregational Church
  • Co. ----county
  • d. ----daughter; day; died
  • Dea. ----deacon
  • dec'd. ----deceased
  • dup. ----duplicate entry
  • Ens. ----Ensign
  • G.R.1. ----gravestone record, private lot on Mr. Sharp's farm, near railroad station
  • G.R.2. ----gravestone record, Centre Cemetery
  • G.R.3. ----gravestone record, Southwest Cemetery, Cone Hill
  • G.R.4. ----gravestone record, Northeast Cemetery (Lindsay)
  • G.R.5. ----gravestone record, Cole lot
  • G.R.6. ----gravestone record, inscription in a field belonging to Mr. Coleman, on the Pittsfield road
  • G.R.7. ----gravestone record, North Cemetery, on the Pittsfield road
  • h. ----husband
  • hrs. ----hours
  • inf. ----infant
  • int. ----publishment of intention of marriage
  • Jr. ----junior
  • Lt. ----Lieutenant
  • m. ----married; month
  • min. ----minutes
  • q.v. ----which see; whom see
  • rec. ----recorded
  • s. ----Son
  • Sr. ----senior
  • w. ----wife; week
  • wid. ----widow
  • widr. ----widower
  • y. ----year

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