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Princeton, Massachusetts Vital Records
Births, Marriages, & Deaths 
 to 1850

Order item B517


    The book's full text of 190 pages has been converted to PDF images which are searchable using the Reader program's "FIND" function.  The names are listed alphabetically. Priced at $14.95 plus $2.25 shipping & handling charge. (Add $1.00 S&H for each additional item ordered.)

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     The records of births listed in this book include all entries to be found in the books of record kept by the town clerks; in the church records; in the cemetery inscriptions; and in private records found in family Bibles, histories, etc. These records are printed in a condensed form in which every essential particular has been preserved. All duplication of the town clerk's record has been eliminated, but differences in entry and other explanatory matter appear in brackets. Parentheses are used when they occur in the original record; also to show the difference in the spelling of a name in the same entry and to indicate the maiden name of a wife.

     When places other than Princeton and Massachusetts are named in the original records, they are given in the printed copy. Marriages and intentions of marriage are printed under the names of both parties. Double dating is used in the months of January, February and March, prior to 1752, whenever it appears in the original and also whenever from the sequence of entry in the original the date may be easily determined. In all records the original spelling of names is followed and in the alphabetical arrangement the various forms should be examined, as items about the same family may be found under different spellings. All church records have been included.


On the 20th of October, 1759, part of Rutland and certain common lands adjoining were established as a District, which for several years was known as Rutland East Wing.  This region was incorporated as a town in 1771, and was named Princeton, in honor of the Rev. Thomas Prince, pastor of the Old South Church in Boston, and a large proprietor in this tract of land.  On the 16th of February, 1810, a part of Hubbardston was annexed to Princeton, and on the 4th day of April, 1838, another extension was made by including a part of the common lands of "No Town," so-called.  

The population grew in numbers from 1791, when there were 1,016 residents, to a high in 1850 of 1,254 residents.  Population in 1900: 975.

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