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New Ashford, Massachusetts Vital Records
Births, Deaths, & Marriages 
1758 - 1850

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Order item B178
The book is 28 pages, not indexed, names listed alphabetically, soft cover with a plastic comb binding, and available for $6.98 + $3.99 shipping & handling charge (Add $1.00 S&H for each additional volume ordered).

The Town of New Ashford, Berkshire County, was established as a district February 26, 1781, from land called New Ashford, lying between Adams, Hancock, Lanesborough, and Williamstown.
March 14, 1793, part of the district of New Ashford was included in the new town of Cheshire.
February 6, 1798, another part of the district of New Ashford was annexed to Cheshire.
June 26, 1798, part of Hancock was annexed to the district of New Ashford.
November 4, 1835, the district was made a town by chapter 15 of the Revised Statutes.
May 20, 1851, bounds were established between New Ashford and Hancock.
May 28, 1912, bounds were established between New Ashford and Cheshire.

Population by Census:

1776 (Prov.), 215;                                                  1790 (U.S.), 460; 
1800 (U.S.), 390; 
                                                   1810 (U.S.), 411; 
1820 (U.S.), 258;                                                    1830 (U.S.), 285; 
1840 (U.S.), 227;                                                    1850 (U.S.), 186; 
1855 (State), 195;                                                  1860 (U.S.), 239; 
1865 (State), 178;                                                  1870 (U.S.), 208; 
1875 (State), 160;                                                  1880 (U.S.), 203; 
1885 (State), 163;                                                  1890 (U.S.), 125; 
1895 (State), 116;                                                  1900 (U.S.), 107; 
1905 (State), 100;                                                  1910 (U.S.), 92; 
1915 (State), 92.


1. The fact that a birth, marriage, or death is recorded in New Ashford does not prove that it occurred in this town; but when places other than New Ashford 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 ii 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 woman 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 woman, ? 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; and where a marriage appears without the intention being recorded, it is designated with an asterisk.

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.

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