Vital Records Of Sturbridge, To The Year 1850.
Published By The New England Historic Genealogical Society,
At The Charge Of The Eddy Town-Record Fund. Boston, Mass., 1906.

[Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]

This publication is issued under the authorithy 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.



THE TOWN OF Sturbridge, Worcester County, was established June 24, 1738, from the common land called New Medfield.
  • October 25, 1754, certain lands were annexed to Sturbridge.
  • June 26, 1792, a part of Charlton was annexed to Sturbridge.
  • June 25, 1794, a part of Middlesex Gore was annexed to Sturbridge.
  • February 15, 1816, a part of Sturbridge was included in the new town of Southbridge.
  • April 6, 1839, a part of Sturbridge was annexed to Southbridge.
Population by Census:
  • 1765 (Prov.) 896
  • 1776 (Prov.), 1374
  • 1790 (U.S.), 1704
  • 1800 (U.S.), 1846
  • 1820 (U.S.), 1927
  • 1820 (U.S.), 1633
  • 1830 (U.S.), 1688
  • 1840 (U.S.), 2005
  • 1850 (U.S.), 2119
  • 1855 (State), 2188
  • 1860 (U.S.), 2291
  • 1865 (State), 1993
  • 1870 (U.S.), 2101
  • 1875 (State), 2213
  • 1880 (U.S.), 2062
  • 1885 (State), 1980
  • 1890 (U.S.), 2074
  • 1895 (State), 1910
  • 1900 (U.S.), 2058.


1. When places other than Sturbridge 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. Marriges and intentions of marriges are printed under the names of both parties. When both the marrige and intention of marrige are recorded, only the marrige record is printed; and where a marrige appears without the intention recorded, it is designated with an asterisk.

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 marrige records.

  • a.----age
  • abt.---- about
  • b.----born
  • ch.----child
  • chn.----children
  • Co.----county
  • C.R.1.---- church record, Congregational
  • C.R.2.---- church record, Baptist (Fiskdale)
  • d.----daughter; died; day
  • Dea.----deacon
  • dup.----duplicate entry
  • G.R.1.---- gravestone record, Old Cemetery
  • G.R.2.---- gravestone record, New Cemetery
  • h.----husband
  • hrs.----hours
  • inf.----infant
  • int.----publishment of intention of marrige
  • Jr.----junior
  • m.----married; month
  • min.----minutes
  • P.R.1.---- private record, from Fiske Diary and Family Records, now in the possession of Wilson Fiske, of West Medford, Mass.
  • P.R.2.---- private record, from a record of deaths, 1779--1786, kept by Jacob Corey, now in the possession of Eben P. Bassett, of Bangor, Me.
  • P.R.3.----private record, from Mason family Bible, now in the possession of the New England Historic Genealogical Society
  • prob.---- probably
  • rec.----recorded
  • s.----son
  • Sr.----senior
  • w.----wife
  • wid.----widower
  • widr.----widower
  • y.----year
  • 1st.----first
  • 2d.----second
  • 3d.----third

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