VITAL RECORDS OF MIDDLEFIELD,
MASSACHUSETTS TO THE YEAR 1850.
PUBLISHED BY THE
NEW ENGLAND HISTORIC GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY,
AT THE CHARGE OF
THE EDDY TOWN-RECORD FUND.
[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. TILLINGGRAST, FRANCIS EVERET BLAKE, CHARLES KNOWLES BOLTON, DON GLEASON HILL, EDMUND DANA BARBOUR.
HENRY ERNEST WOODS.
The Town of Middlefield, Hampshire County, was established March 12, 1783, from parts of Becket, Chester, Partridgefield (now Peru), Washington, and Worthington, and the common lands called Prescott's Grant.
Population by Census :
1. When places other than Middlefield 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. 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.