Northborough was included in that part of Marlborough which was set off in 1717 as Westborough, and was made the second precinct or parish within the last named township in 1744.
There were settlers in this part as early as 1700, and the names of Brigham, Goodnow, Oakes, Fay, Howard, Ward, Tomblin, Beaman, Wheeler, Rice and Bartlett were prominent during the first half of the eighteenth century.
On the 24th of June, 1766, the Second Precinct of Westborough was made the District of Northborough, and on the 23d of August, 1775, the Town was established with full powers and privileges as granted to other towns in the Commonwealth.
The First Church was gathered in 1746 with the Rev. John Martyn as pastor. He was succeeded in 1767 by the Rev. Peter Whitney, who, as the historian of Worcester County, bequeathed an invaluable record to posterity. On the death of Mr. Whitney in 1816 the Rev. Joseph Allen was ordained his successor, and he remained in charge of the church for more than half a century. A second church was formed in 1832.
The area of the town is eighteen and six-tenths square miles.

The population of Northborough was:

1791 620   1850 1,509   1900 2,164

The following pages present in print a complete list of Northborough Births, Marriages and Deaths which took place previous to January 1st, 1851, so far as it can be supplied from the Town and Church Records and the Gravestone Inscriptions.

In transcribing the greater number of the names and dates from the Town Records I have used the copy made by Mr. Gilman B. Howe, and to him I am also indebted for copies of the Baptisms, Publishments of Marriage and Burial Ground data whic are included in the book. Mr. F.M. Harrington, the present Town Clerk of Northborough, has kindly allowed me to consult and copy records in his office at my convenience.

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You can research the records alphabetically or chronologically within surname. Images of the pages from which the transcriptions were done, and the title pages, are available for most towns. A list of abbreviations used is available.

Alphabetic - This is the most common way that the published vital records were presented. All of the same given names were arranged chronologically with names that had middle initials or middle names following the others. Nicknames would appear alphabeticall according to the spelling, i.e. Nabby, the nickname for Abigail, would be with the names beginning with the letter "N."

In this version, the names are sorted based on the most common spelling. Abbie, Abby, Abigail, Knabby, Nabby, etc., will all appear together and will be chronological. Middle initials and middle names have no influence on the order.

Note: There are going to be errors in the indexing of the names. A woman named Abiel may have been recorded as Abby. The indexing will have her with the Abigails. Please notify me with the Contact page about errors and they will be fixed within a couple days.

Chronologic - The chronologic sort will be most helpful with surnames having lots of entries, especially births. Records that had a missing date, or part, have had the missing portions replaced with zeros and will appear ahead of the others.

Page images - The icon at the left of each record is a link to the image of the page from which the transcription was done. The transcriptions are a tool. The image is the source. It is your responsibility to copy the image for your documentation. Also, the title page should be copied. There is a link to the title page in the navigation bar on transcription pages and image display pages.

Abbreviations - Each town had its own abbreviations used in the published records. Most of these are the same. The abbreviations for the headstones (GR), private records (PR), churches (CR), etc. are all different. There is a link to a list of all abbreviations used for the town in the navigation bar of the transcription pages.

Errors - There are two types of errors.

  • Errors in the published records - It is known that errors are in the published records. Not many, to be sure, but they are there. Where I have found them, or have been informed and provided sufficient documentation, the records have been annotated. This appears in red at the end of the line.]
  • Transcription errors - Even with the best of proofing, errors occur. If you find one, use the Contact link at the top of the page and tell me about the error. I need to have the town name, type of record, page number, what the error is and what it should be. It facilitates matters if you copy and paste the record in error into the e-mail.

Miscellaneous - As the opportunity has provided, I have tried to research names that had only initials or an initial and a surname to find the full names. Where I've been successful I've added the name in red, i.e. J.R. appears as J[ohn] R. or J[ohn] R[ussel].

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