Vital records of Ward Massachusetts, to the year 1837

The Town of Auburn was originally set off from Worcester, Sutton, Leicester and Oxford, and was incorporated on the 10th of April, 1778, with the name of Ward, in honor of General Artemas Ward, of Shrewsbury, a man of great prominence in this region, active as a patriot during the difficulties that caused the separation from the mother country, and receiving on the eve of hostilities the appoint- ment of First Major General in the Revolutionary Army. He was at a later period Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, and afterwards served in Congress. He died in 1800 at the age of seventy-three.

February 17th, 1837, the name of the Town was changed to Auburn. This was influenced largely, it is said, by the confusion in writing the names Ward and Ware by those not familiar with the two places.

The Partridge’s did not have a large presence in this town. The records below can all be attached to the family of Abel Partridge (1765-1826). The singular death record is of particular importance as it is incorrect. A reading of a Mr. as Mrs. and a inclusion of the wife’s name created a fake death record for Sarah (Stearns) Partridge. It is she who married David Hosmer over a year after her supposed death. No, that death record is actually the official record for Abel, or Mr. Partridge.

Since all of the Partridge records for this town occurred while it was called Ward, not Auburn, I have chosen that town name for the title and headings. [1]Rice, Franklin P.; Vital records of Auburn, (formerly Ward), Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1850; Worcester, Mass. : Published by Franklin P. Rice, Trustee of the Systematic History Fund, … Continue reading

Ward Massachusetts Birth Records – Partridge

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PARTRIDGE

Betsey, d. Abel and Sarah, Feb. 3, 1802.
Polly, d. Abel and Sarah, July 30, 1804.

Ward Massachusetts Marriage Records – Partridge

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PARTRIDGE

Abel and Sarah Stearns of Medfield, March 30, 1801.
Betsey and Isaac Willard of Worcester, April 12, 1826.
Sarah and David Hosmer, Jan. 1, 1828.

Ward Massachusetts Death Records – Partridge

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PARTRIDGE

Sarah, wife Abel, Mr. Partridge died Nov. 3, 1826.

Vital records of Auburn (formerly Ward) Massachusetts, to the year 1850

References

References
1 Rice, Franklin P.; Vital records of Auburn, (formerly Ward), Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1850; Worcester, Mass. : Published by Franklin P. Rice, Trustee of the Systematic History Fund, 1900.

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