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Chester, Massachusetts Vital Records
Births, Deaths, & Marriages 
To the end of 1849

Transcribed from the microfilmed pages of the original books.

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The book's full text of 182 pages has been converted to PDF images which are searchable using the Acrobat Reader program's "FIND" function.  All names listed alphabetically.
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1. When places other than Chester 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 to show the difference in the spelling of a name in the same entry, to indicated the maiden name of a wife, to enclose an imperfect portion of the original text, and to separate clauses in the original text such as the birthplace of a parent in late records.


The town of Chester, Hampden County, was formerly called Murrayfield, which, as a plantations, was established as a town October 31, 1765.  June 29, 1773, part of Murrayfield was established as the District of Norwich.  May 8, 1781, another part of Murrayfield was annexed to Norwich.  February 21, 1783, the name was changed from Murrayfield to Chester.  March 12, 1783, part was included in the new town of Middlefield, Hampshire County.  June 21, 1799, part was annexed to Worthington, Hampshire County.  Feb. 22, 1809 and June 13, 1810, bounds between Chester and Blandford were established.  May 25, 1853, part was annexed to Norwich.

Population in 1900 = 1,450.


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