Worcester County, Massachusetts
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Wills and Probate
Obits: Robert E. Conlee, Mary A. (Kane) Conlee -- Contributed by: Maurene Richard Miller
Crime News: Murder of Lillie Hoyle - Contributed by Robin Line
Death Records: Deaths in New England for 1803
Family Records: Sibleys of Massachusetts
Death Notices: Nathan Bliss, Mrs. Abby Brooks, Solomon Davis, Calvin Hersey, Jonathan Gary, Mrs. Cynthia Hardy,
Nathaniel Harrington, Asa Noyes, James Ross, Stephen Shephard, David Sherman, Peter Slater, William Sprague, Jacob
Stone, Isaiah Thomas
Marriage Notices: Leland-Holbrook, King-Fairbanks
The county seat is the city of Worcester.
Meeting House in Athol, MA
When the government of Worcester County was established on April 2, 1731, Worcester was chosen
as its shire town (later known as a county seat). From that date until the dissolution of the county government,
it was the only county seat. Because of the size of the county, there were fifteen attempts over 140 years to split
the county into two counties, but without success. Initially, Lancaster was proposed as the seat of the northern
county; later, Petersham was proposed once and Fitchburg was proposed repeatedly, most recently in 1903. Perhaps
as a concession, in August 1884, the Worcester County Registry of Deeds was split into two, with the Worcester
Northern registry placed in Fitchburg.
Cities and Towns
Ashburnham * South Ashburnham * Athol
* Auburn * Barre * Berlin * Blackstone * Bolton * Boylston * Brookfield * Charlton * Clinton * Douglas *
East Douglas * Dudley * East Brookfield * Fitchburg * Gardner * Grafton * Hardwick * Harvard * Holden * Hopedale
* Hubbardston * Lancaster *
South Lancaster * Leicester * Cherry Valley * Rochdale * Leominster * Lunenburg * Mendon * Milford * Millbury *
Millville * New Braintree *
North Brookfield * Northborough * Northbridge * Whitinsville * Oakham * Oxford * Paxton * Petersham * Phillipston
* Princeton * Royalston *
Rutland * Shrewsbury * Southborough * Cordaville * Southbridge * Spencer * Sterling * Sturbridge * Fiskdale
* Sutton * Templeton * Baldwinville *
Upton * West Upton * Uxbridge * Warren * Webster * West Boylston * West Brookfield * Westborough * Westminster
* Winchendon * Worcester
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