Location: Chesterfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States
History and Genealogy of the Families of Chesterfield Massachusetts 1762-1962
Published by The Town of Chesterfield, Massachusetts
Printed by Gazette Printing Co., Inc. Northampton, Mass.
Compiled by: The Bicentennial Genealogy Committee
- Ruth A. Baker, Chairman
- Dorothy K. Smith
- Elizabeth S. Versailles
This book opens with a brief history written by Ruth A. Baker of the land grants which eventually became the Town of Chesterfield which includes a discussion of the Narragansett Townships granted to the officers and soldiers who had fought in the Narragansett War of 1675 commonly known as King Phillip's War, the Canada Townships granted to the officers and soldiers who served in the Canada Expedition of 1690, and the Coleman Grant which was made to Captain Nathaniel Coleman in exchange for his land in Upper Housatonic (now Stockbridge).
In 1762, the settlers in the community of New Hingham applied to the General Court asking the township be incorporated. On June 11, 1762, it was enacted "That the new plantation, called New Hingham lying in the County of Hampshire be and hereby is incorporated into a town by the name of Chesterfield with all the powers, priviledges and immunities that towns within this government have and do enjoy."
The main content of the book is an alphabetical listing of "all families who have lived in Chesterfield during its first two hundred years". The information was taken from vital records, private records, land deeds, and probate records. In the case of both husband and wife being residents of Chesterfield, the full information is under the husband's name.
The closing paragraph in the Introduction is: "The committee realizes that, in compiling a book of this kind and size, it is quite possible that errors have been made for which we are sorry and can only say, 'We have tried.'"