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Savoy Massachusetts, 1890

Savoy is situated on the southern slope and valley of Hoosac Mountain, in the northeastern part of Berkshire County, 133 miles from Boston. Florida, from which it is in part separated by Cold River, bounds it on the north; Hawley with corners of Charlemont and Plainfield on the east; Windsor on the south; and Cheshire and Adams on the west. The territory is about six miles square. The assessed area is 21,311 acres. There are some 12,000 acres of forest. Its highlands constitute the watershed between the Deerfield, Westfield and Hoosac rivers; and the streams, though of small volume, afford in their rapid descent numerous small powers. The land is, for the most part, too rocky, rough and mountainous for tillage, but suitable for grazing. The soil is a heavy loam.

The aggregate product of the 159 farms in 1885 was valued at $88, 941. The neat cattle numbered 968; the sheep 384; and the horses 182. The manufactures are lumber, boxes, carriages and food preparations; the total value of goods made in the year mentioned being $10,452. The population was 691, of whom 200 were legal voters. The valuation in 1888 was $178,728, with a tax of $19 on $1,000. There were 160 assessed dwelling-houses. The nine public school-houses were valued at some $2,000. A social and a school library have together about 300 volumes. The churches are a Baptist, a Methodist and a Second Advent. "Savoy" post-office, at Savoy Hollow, in the south part of the town, is seven miles from the railroad station in Adams. The other post-office is Savoy centre; and the third village is North Savoy.

This town, then known as "No. Six" was granted to the heirs of Capt. Samuel Gallop and his company for services and sufferings in an expedition to Canada in 1690. The first white family settled here in September, 1777; and in 1787 a sufficient number had come to organize a Baptist church. The town was incorporated February 20, 1797; the name of a town in the Swiss Alps being adopted as appropriate to its mountainous features. Savoy furnished 71 soldiers for the Union cause in the late war, of whom 9 were lost.

pp. 584-585 in Nason and Varney's Massachusetts Gazetteer, 1890

Savoy, founded in 1797, it had no parent town. There are no published records.
February 20, 1797, incorporated as a town.


Suggested Reading:

"Taking the High Road" a 200 year history of Hilltown, Savoy, Mass 1797 to 1997.

BIRTHS (to 1850)

The LDS has microfilm of vital records of Savoy, Mass.

Also - The LDS has microfilm of vital records of Savoy, Mass.

DEATHS (to 1850)

The LDS has microfilm of vital records of Savoy, Mass.

Babbit Cemetery
  Barnard Road Cemetery
see Spruce Corner Cemetery
  Brier Cemetery
see Spruce Corner Cemetery
  Carter Burying Ground
  Comfort Bates Lot
  Deming Burial Ground
  Dunham Burying Ground
  Estes Burial Ground
  Hathaway Burial Ground
  Ingraham Cemetery
  Millard Burial Ground
  Miller Cemetery
  New State Cemetery
  Remington Lot
  Second Hathaway Burial Ground
  Spruce Corner Cemetery
also known as Barnard Road Cemetery or Brier Cemetery
  Staples Burial Ground
  Starkes Lot
  Tomb Cemetery
  Tower Cemetery
  Turner Cemetery
Maps from "County Atlas of Berkshire, Massachusetts. From actual survey by and under the Direction of F. W. Beers, Published by R. T. White & Co., 36 Vesey Street, New York, 1876." Some maps have names of residents.
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