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Town of Shutesbury


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Shutesbury lies in the southeastern part of Franklin County, and is roughly bounded by Wendell on the north, New Salem and the former town of Prescott on the east, Pelham on the south, Amherst on the southwest (the latter three towns in Hampshire County), Leverett on the west. Shutesbury was organized June 30, 1761 from a plantation called Roadtown. On May 8, 1781, part of Shutesbury and with part of the common lands called Ervingshire were organized Wendell. On February 20, 1824, part of Shutesbury was annexed to New Salem.

In 1874, Elias Nason described the town of Shutesbury as follows:
Shutesbury
occupies the south-east corner of Franklin County, is 112 miles west of Boston, and has New Salem and Prescott (from the latter of which it is divided by Swift River) on the east, Pelham on the south, Amherst and Leverett on the west, and the latter and Wendell on the north. It has 614 people, 154 dwelling-houses, 150 farms, and a valuation of $194,865. It was settled by families from Sudbury; for some time bore the name of "Roads Town," but received at its incorporation (June 30, 1764) its present name in honor of Gov. Samuel Shute. The land is rocky and uneven. The highest eminence is Morse's Hill, which overlooks Lock's Pond and Lock's Village in the north-west angle of the town. Near this place molybdenite, a sulphuret of molybdenum, is found. An immense bowlder east of Lock's Pond, called "The Sentinel," bears the marks of telluric forces, and was doubtless brought from a long distance during the glacial period. It may be considered as one of the earliest settlers of the town. Swift River drains the eastern, Roaring Brook and other streams the western section of the town. Near the centre of the town there is a mineral spring, impregnated with muriate of lime, which has obtained celebrity.

Mount Mineral Spring was incorporated in 1867. There is much woodland in the place; and eight or ten saw-mills are constantly preparing lumber, laths, clapboards, shingles, and staves for market. Many railroad-ties are cut here; and as many as 59,000 bushels of charcoal have been made in a year. The town has one post-office; seven district-schools; a Congregational church (established Oct. 27, 1842), of which the Rev. John P. Watson is pastor; and a Baptist church of which the Rev. J. D. Donovan is pastor.

The town sent 18 soldiers into the late war, of whom 3 were lost. The salubrity of the air is highly conducive to the longevity of the people.

Ephraim Pratt, a resident of this place, was born in Sudbury Nov. 1, 1687; and died here in May, 1804, at the remarkable age of 116 years. He married Martha Wheelock at the age of 21; and lived to see, it is said, 1,500 descendants. He was temperate and cheerful.

The Hon. PAUL DILLINGHAM was born here in August, 1800; and in 1805 removed with his father to Waterbury, Vt., of which State he was, from 1865 to 1867, governor. S. H. Crandall is the present town-clerk.
(Source: Nason, Elias, 1811-1887. A gazetteer of the state of Massachusetts : with numerous illustrations on wood and steel / by Elias Nason. -- Boston : B.B. Russell, 1874. -- p. 464)

Online Genealogical Resources

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Bibliography

The following bibliography lists sources that may be useful in researching the genealogy and history of families that have lived in the Shutesbury area. The bibliography is arranged by subject category and alphabetically by author and title within each category. Information on library holdings is recorded in the box following each citation. For published items, only holdings of libraries profiled on the Archives and Libraries page are given when known. For unpublished and other rare sources, any library known to hold the item is listed. Many of the items listed here are also available at other libraries and research centers in New England, New York, and elsewhere.

Original records and other items microfilmed by the LDS Family History Library (also known as the Genealogical Society of Utah) are also listed below. These microfiches and microfilms are available via interlibrary loan through the LDS family history centers. Make a note of the microfiche or microfilm reel number(s) needed in order to place a request at one of the LDS family history centers.

History

  • Shutesbury, 1737-1937 : commemorating the 200th anniversary of the settlement of the town. -- [S.l. : s.n., 1937?]
    [28] p. : ill.

    Holdings:

  • Shutesbury, Franklin County, Massachusetts : one hundred and fiftieth anniversary : illustrated souvenir, June 30, 1911. -- [Shutesbury, Mass.? : s.n., 1911]
    [22] p. : chiefly ill.

    Holdings:

Land Records

  • Shutesbury (Mass.). Town Clerk.
    Mortgages and attachments, 1772-1851. -- Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1972.
    on 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.
    Microfilm of original records in Shutesbury, Massachusetts.
    Includes partial index.

    Holdings: LDS Family History Library (LDS FHL microfilm number 0886457 item 3-4)

Tax Records

  • Shutesbury (Mass.). Town Clerk.
    Tax valuations, 1826-1850. -- Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1972.
    on 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.
    Microfilm of original records in Shutesbury, Massachusetts.

    Holdings: LDS Family History Library (LDS FHL microfilm number 0886457 item 1-2)

Town Records

  • Shutesbury (Mass.). Proprietors' Clerk.
    Proprietors' records, 1735-1805. -- Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1972.
    1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.
    Microfilm of original records in Shutesbury, Massachusetts.
    Contains minutes of proprietors' meetings, property descriptions, deeds, etc.
    Includes index.

    Holdings: LDS Family History Library (LDS FHL microfilm number 0886454)

  • Shutesbury (Mass.). Town Clerk.
    Town records, 1761-1857. -- Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1972.
    1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.
    Microfilm of original records in Shutesbury, Massachusetts.
    Contains town meeting proceedings, votes, appointments, etc.

    Holdings: LDS Family History Library (LDS FHL microfilm number 0886456)

Vital Records

  • Amherst (Mass.). Town Clerk.
    Vital and genealogical records, ca. 1600-1891. -- Salt lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1959.
    1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.
    Microfilm of original records in Amherst, Massachusetts.
    Includes births, marriages, deaths prior to 1891; list of families and ancient marriages and births; extracts of families (genealogical records); marriages in other towns before 1800; Calvin Merrill's familiy record of his children; a list of births in Amherst, Belchertown, Hadley, Pelham, and Shutesbury.

    Holdings: LDS Family History Library (LDS FHL microfilm number 0186128)

  • Shutesbury (Mass.). Town Clerk.
    Massachusetts vital records to 1850 ff [sic]. Shutesbury, 1737-1890. -- Oxford, Mass. : Holbrook Research Institute, 1984.
    19 microfiches.

    Holdings:

  • Shutesbury (Mass.). Town Clerk.
    Vital records, 1763-1900. -- Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1972, 1993.
    3 microfilm reels ; 35 mm.
    Microfilm of original records in Shutesbury, Massachusetts.

    Part titles, etc.DatesLDS FHL
    microfilm numbers
    Births, deaths, marriages, publishments1763-18420768337
    Index to births, deaths, marriages, publishments1763-19000886455
    Births, deaths, marriages1892-19001887250

    Holdings: LDS Family History Library (for LDS FHL microfilm numbers, see the table above)

General Information

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