Vital Records of West Stockbridge Massachusetts to 1850

Vital Records of West Stockbridge Massachusetts To The End Of The Year 1849

The Town Of West Stockbridge, Berkshire County, was established March 9, 1774, from a part of Stockbridge, as the district of West Stockbridge.

  • August 23, 1775, the district was made a town by general act.
  • March 2, 1793, a gore of common land was annexed to West Stockbridge.
  • March 2, 18 29, a part of Stockbridge was annexed to West Stockbridge.
  • February 6, 1830, the act of March 2, 1829, was perfected.
  • March 27, 1834, bounds between West Stockbridge and Richmond were established.
  • March 17, 1847, a part of West Stockbridge was annexed to Alford.

Population by Census: 1776 (Prov.), 370; 1790 (U.S.), 1113 ; 1 800 (U.S.), 1002 ; 1810 (U.S.), 1049 ; 1820 (U.S.), 1034;
1830 (U.S.), 1209 ; 1840 (U.S), 1448 ; 1850 (U.S.), 1713 ; 1855 (State), 1736 1860 (U.S.), 1589 ; 1865 (State), 1620;
1870 (U.S.), 1924; 1875 (State), 1981 ;
1880 (U.S.), 1923 ; 1885 (State), 1648 ; 1890 (U.S.), 1492 ; 1895 (State), 12S7; 1900 (U.S.), 1158.

Vital Records of West Stockbridge Massachusetts Explanations:

  1. WHEN places other than West Stockbridge 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; and where a marriage 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 marriage records.

Vital Records of West Stockbridge Massachusetts Abbreviations:

a. – age abt. – about b. – born ch. – child chn. – children Co. – county C.R.I. -church record, Congregational C.R.2. -church record, Village Church d. – daughter; died; day
Dea. – deacon
dup. – duplicate entry
G.R.I. -gravestone record, Center Cemetery
G.R.2. – gravestone record, South, or Slauter, Cemetery
G.R.3. – gravestone record, Village Protestant Cemetery.
G.R.4. – gravestone record, Village Catholic Cemetery
h. – husband hrs. – hours inf. – infant int. – publishment of intention of marriage Jr. – junior
m. – married; month min. – minutes
P.R.I. – private record, from Bible of John Easland, now in the possession of Arthur Easland, of West Stockbridge
P.R.2. -private record, from Bible of Alvan Arnold, now in the possession of Alvan Arnold, of West Stockbridge.
P.R.3. -private record, from Bible of Thomas French, now in the possession of Mrs. A. A. Arnold, of West Stockbridge
P.R.4.- private record, from a family register relating to Cone, Moore and Edwards families, now in the possession of Theodore Cone, of West Stockbridge
P.R.5. -private record, from an account book now in the possession of Herbert Jenkins, of West Stockbridge
P.R.6.- private record, from a family record of J. S. Moore, of West Stockbridge
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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