Welcome to
Oxford, Massachusetts
USGenWeb Project

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This Town is now up for Adoption - if you can create and maintain a web page and would like to adopt Oxford, MA, please contact Betty Thomas - bettyt@lycos.com

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A Brief History of Oxford

This was the first grant for a town within the limits of the territory, now in the county of Worcester, after the disastrous war of King Phillip. There had been granted but four townships in the great interior territory, then known as the Nipnet or Nipmuck country, previous to this time. Lancaster, in 1653, a place known to the English as early as 1643, an Indian town called "Nashaway;" Mendon, petitioned for by some inhabitants of Braintree in 1660, and granted for a town in 1667; Brookfield, a place known as the Indian town of Quaboags, visited by the Rev. John Elliot in 1655, in 1673 it was incorporated as Brookfield; the fourth was Quinsigamond, granted by the request of Daniel Gookin, the Indian agent of the colony, as a favorable place for a town, being an intermediate place between Boston and Springfield. The first survey of the grant for Oxford was made by John Gore of Roxbury. It contained 41,250 acres. On the presentation of this survey and plan to the General Court, it was accepted on the 16th of May, 1683, and received the name of Oxford, in honor of Oxford, in Oxfordshire, England, and its celebrated university, at which many of the noted Puritan fathers of New England received their education. The first object of the grantees for the town was to secure the 30 families of permanent planters. The grantees for the older towns of Woodstock, then known as New Roxbury, and of Lancaster, Mendon, Brookfield and Quinsigamond, destroyed by the Indian wars, were all in the market for procuring settlers at this time. Woodstock, being located furthest from the encroachment of the Indians, fared the best, securing its required English settlers, other plantations received but few. The grantees of Oxford, fearing that their grant would expire before its requisite number of families could be obtained, applied to the Court for an extension, and extended for three years from 1685. At the same time in Europe, the French Huguenots, had been suffering from cruelties and persecution for their religious faith. Many of these people made their way to the Netherlands, England and the new world. In the year 1686, the grantees of Oxford, introduced into the plantation, thirty of these families.

 

Libraries

Oxford Free Public Library
339 Main St.
Oxford, MA 01540-1729
Telephone: (508)987-6003
Fax: (508)987-6004

 

Volunteers

If you have more resources and would like to help others in their research for Oxford ancestors, please email me - include you full name, email address and resources available

WE HAVE OUR SIXTH VOLUNTEER, THANK YOU RICK!!!!!

Rick Lundstrom I live in Oxford--Richard J. Lundstrom, 3 Willow Street, Oxford, MA 01540-2231. I am the Nicholas Rich line representative for the Rich family Association. I can do any RICH related research for Oxford--the family spread in from next door Sutton. Heavily intermarried into Davis family (who didn't?), Moores, Learned, Barton, etc etc. I have the RFA line's data, and can pop into the library (5 minutes away) for Vitals, family genealogies, etc. I have hunted through local cemeteries for related families. Who else lives in Oxford? We should meet to compare notes andconnections between the families.


Elizabeth Kingsbury EVOGEL51@aol.com I have a copy of the book, Kingsbury Genealogy which includes most of the families of Oxford who intermarried with them. I would be willing to do look ups.

 

CharFive@aol.com has Vital Records to the year 1849/50 for the town of OXFORD

I have a copy of History of the Town of Oxford, Massachusetts with Genealogies and notes on persons and estates, by George F. Daniels, Oxford, Published by the author, with the co-operation of the town, 1892. I would be willing to do some lookups, to e-mail Tom Wetherell, click here

Tom Wetherell also has vital records of Oxford regarding Wetherell/Witherell families, to e-mail Tom, click here

Paul Barton has graciously offered to do look ups in Jay Holbrook's microfiche of the Oxford Town Records, to e-mail Paul, click here

 

Oxford Queries

Please feel free to post a query for your surname in Oxford. As of January 1, 2004, I will no longer maintain a separate query page for Oxford, please enter your Oxford query on the automated Worcester County page by clicking here

 

To view the OLD QUERIES for Oxford from 2000-2003, click here

To view the OLD QUERIES for Oxford from 1997-1999, click here

VR'S OF OXFORD, MA

IF YOU HAVE FURTHER VITAL RECORDS OF OXFORD, PLEASE SHARE THEM WITH US

 

Thank you Tracy Lewis for Cummings info : To go to Some Vital Records of Oxford, click here

CEMETERY RECORDS OF OXFORD, MA

 

Oxford South Cong. Church, Church St, Oxford, MA, To go there click here

 

CENSUS RECORDS OF OXFORD, MA

 

The 1790 Census Index for Oxford, MA, click here

The 1800 Worcester County Census online which includes Oxford. To go to this site, click here

There are many individual gif files. The Oxford ones are: 0151 which is the last page of the census and includes the population of Oxford at that time, through 0164. The rest are the other towns within Worcester County

MILITARY RECORDS FOR OXFORD

Susan L. Harnwell, Maintains a page for the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, click here


RESEARCH HELPS FOR OXFORD, MA

To go to the John Howard Family of Oxford, by Marilyn Labbe click here

To go to the Barton Family of Oxford, including Clara (Clarissa) Barton, click here

To go to the Bio. of Gen. Ebenezer Learned, click here

To go to information on the Shumway Family (there is also a complete page of the Shumway Family see below) click here

To go to the Kingsbury family of Oxford, donated by Elizabeth Kingsbury, click here

AMIDON - "The Amidon Ancestry of Andrew Huntington Amidon" "The Amidon Ancestry" click here

To go to the Eddy Family of Oxford, MA, click here

To go to the Shumway Family of Oxford, MA, click, including a 1714 map of Oxford, click here

To go to the Comins family of Oxford, MA, click here

To go to the Campbell family of Oxford, MA, click here

To go to the Kendall family of Central MA & Ashford, CT, click here

The Eddy Family of Oxford, MA, to go there click here

The Davis Family of Oxford, MA, & Woodstock, CT to go there click here

The DeWitt Family of Oxford, MA, to go there click here

The Barton Family of Oxford, MA, to go there click here

To go to my web page, with many New England families, click here

 

 

Return to Worcester Co., MA, click here

 

Resources that may help you in your quest and some of our neighbors

 

Sutton, MA USGENWEB

GENDEX -- WWW Genealogical Index
Genealogist's Index to the World Wide Web
World Genealogy Web Project

 

PLEASE NOTE: I AM MERELY THE HOST OF OXFORD, MA

I DO NOT LIVE EVEN REMOTELY CLOSE TO THE AREA. I CAN NOT DO LOOK UPS AND I HAVE PLACED EVERYTHING THAT I PRESENTLY HAVE ON THESE PAGES. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.
If you know of any additions or corrections please let me know. Thanks.
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Created August 24, 1997

Updated October , 2005
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