Vital Records Of Windsor 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. 1917

[Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]

Berkshire County, was established as the town of Gageborough July 4, 1771, from the new plantation called Number Four. October 16, 1778, a part of the plantation called Number Five was annexed, and the town of Gageborough, together with this annexed tract of land, was established as the new town of Windsor.

March 14, 1793, a part of Windsor was included in the new town of Cheshire.

February 26, 1794, a part of Cheshire was reannexed to Windsor.

February 28, 1795, a part of Windsor was annexed to Dalton.

February 23, 1796, a part of Windsor was annexed to Dalton.

  • 1776 (Prov.), 459
  • 1790 (U.S.), 916
  • 1800 (U.S.), 961
  • 1810(U.S.), 1108
  • 1820 (U.S.), 1085
  • 1830 (U.S.), 1042
  • 1840 (U.S.), 897
  • 1850 (U.S.), 897
  • 1855 (State), 905
  • 1860 (U.S.), 839
  • 1865 (State), 753
  • 1870 (U.S.), 686; 1875 (State), 624
  • 1880 (U.S.), 644
  • 1885 (State), 657
  • 1890 (U.S.), 612
  • 1895 (State), 556
  • 1900 (U.S.), 507
  • 1905 (State), 513
  • 1910 (U.S.), 404
  • 1915 (State), 375


The fact that a birth, marriage, or death is recorded in Windsor does not prove that it occurred in this town; but when places other than Windsor 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.

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 of a child of the same name and parents or if it is clear that the child baptized is identical with the child of the birth record; but variations found in the baptismal record are added to the birth record.

5. The birth of a married women 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, i.e., [----], to signify that the maiden name is unknown. If it is not known whether the surname is that of a married or unmarried women, ? m. is placed in brackets after the Christian name.

6. Marriages and intentions of marriage 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 variations 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.

  • a.----age. aged
  • abt.----about.
  • b.---born.
  • bp ----baptized.
  • bur. ----buried.
  • cert. ----certification given; certified.
  • ch. ----child.
  • chn. ----children.
  • C.R. ----church record, Congregational Church.
  • Co. ----county.
  • d. ----daughter; day; died.
  • Dea. ----deacon.
  • dec. ----deceased.
  • dup. ----duplicate entry.
  • Eld. ----Elder.
  • Ens. ----Ensign.
  • G.R.1. ----gravestone record, Windsor Hill Cemetery.
  • G.R.2. ----gravestone record, Windson Bush Cemetery.
  • G.R.3. ----gravestone record, Shaw Cemetery.
  • G.R.4 -----gravestone record, East Windson Cemetery.
  • h. ----husband; hours.
  • inf. ----infant.
  • int. ----publishment of intention of Marriage.
  • Jr. ----junior.
  • Lt. ----Lieutenant.
  • m. ---- marriage; married; month.
  • min. ----minutes.
  • P.R.1. ----private record, from an Allen family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Heman Allen of West Cummington.
  • P.R.2. ----private record, from the Albert Ford family bible, now in the possession of harry A. Ford of Windsor.
  • P.R.3. ----private record, from Josiah Allen family Bible, now in the possession of Mrs. Heman Allen of Windsor.
  • P.R.4. ----privte record, from a Miner family Bible, now in the possession of Cassius E. Torrey of Dalton.
  • P.R.5. ----private record, from the Luther E. Torrey of Dalton.
  • q.v. ----which see; whom see.
  • R.R. ----Rebellion Record.
  • rec. ----recorded.
  • s. ----son.
  • Sr. ----senior.
  • w. ----week; wife;.
  • wid. ----widow.
  • widr. ----widower.
  • y. ----year.

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