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Rutland County Vermont VTGenWeb

Rutland County was incorporated in February, 1781.

County seat (Shire Town):  Rutland.

Located in western Vermont, with Windsor County to the east, Addison County to the north, and Bennington County to the south, with Lake Champlain and the state of New York to its west.

Select from the TOWNS LIST below to view information and links specific to each town/township.

Or, Select this LINK to see GENERAL Rutland County information and links.

 

 

USGenWebA1TM.gifCounty Coordinator:  Ann Mensch              vtgenmap3.jpg

 

 

 

 

TOWNS LIST

BENSON,      BRANDON,     CASTLETON,       CHITTENDEN,       CLARENDON,       DANBY,     FAIR HAVEN,      HUBBARDTON,       IRA,       MENDON,      MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS,     Mt. HOLLY,       Mt. TABOR,    

 PAWLET (Town Coordinator: MaryLynne Ellis),      

PITTSFIELD (Town Coordinator: Ann Mensch),       PITTSFORD,      

POULTNEY (Town Coordinator: MaryLynne Ellis),      

PROCTOR (Town Coordinator: MaryLynne Ellis),       

RUTLAND,       SHERBURNE,       SHREWSBURY,       SUDBURY,       TINMOUTH,       WALLINGFORD,       WELLS,        WEST HAVEN,       WEST RUTLAND

 

GENERAL RUTLAND COUNTY

 

CEMETERIES

 

CENSUS

 

HISTORY

 

HISTORICAL & GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES

 

MAPS

 

MILITARY

 

QUERIES

 

TOWNS / TOWNSHIPS / VILLAGES

 

VITAL RECORDS

 

WILL & PROBATE

 

CEMETERIES

·       Find A Grave for Rutland County, VT Cemeteries

 

 

CENSUS

·       Index to 1790 U.S. Census Vermont Info. - Note:  Vermont joined the Union in March, 1791, so its 1790 census was actually taken in 1791.  At that time, Vermont consisted of 7 counties.  Present-day counties were later formed from all or portions of these seven counties.

·       1790 Census Info: Chittenden County - (includes towns which later became part of the counties of Franklin, Chittenden, Lamoille and portions of Orleans, Washington and Addison Counties)

·       1790 U. S. Census of Orange County, Vermont Towns which were soon to become part of Caledonia County when formed, in 1792, from Orange County, (includes towns which came to be within the counties of Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Orleans and Washington)  abstracted by Jim Dresser, dedicated Town Coordinator for Groton, VTGenWeb.  Thank you Jim!!!     Note:  This census of Vermont was actually taken in 1791.

·       1790 Census (familysearch.org)

·       1800 Census (familysearch.org)

·       1810 Census (familysearch.org)

·       1820 Census (familysearch.org)

·       1830 Census (familysearch.org)

·       1840 Census (familysearch.org)

·       1850 Census (familysearch.org)

·       1860 Census (familysearch.org)

·       1870 Census (familysearch.org)

·       1880 Census Index - Excellent resource!!!  (familysearch.org)

·       1900 Census (familysearch.org)

·       1910 Census (familysearch.org)

·       1920 Census (familysearch.org)

·       Obtaining EDs for the 1930 Census in One Step (Large Cities), by Stephen P. Morse, PhD, Joel D. Weintraub, PhD and David R. Kehs, PhD

·       1930 Census (familysearch.org)

·       1940 Census (familysearch.org)

·       USGenWeb Census Project for Vermont, coordinated by Linda Talbott

·       NARA: National Archives and Records Administration

o   The Genealogy Page.

o   About Census Records

o   Clues in Census Records, 1790-1840

o   Clues in Census Records, 1850-1930

o   Indian Census Rolls

o   Nonpopulation Census Records

o   Prologue, Spring 1996, Vol. 28, No. 1, "First in the Path of the Firemen" The Fate of the 1890 Population Census,” by Kellee Blake.

 

 

HISTORY

·       Index to The Vermont Historical Gazetteer:  A Local History of All the Towns in the State, transcribed by Rod Skinner (County Coordinator for Windham County, VTGenWeb), 2006.  The VERMONT HISTORICAL GAZETTEER is a 5 volume set of historical information, by Abby Maria Hemenway, with Volume I published in 1867, and Volume V completed in 1891 after her death.  Thank you!  Thank you! to Rod Skinner!!!

·       History of Rutland County, Vermont, Civil, Ecclesiastical, Biographical and Military, Vol. 1, by Abby Maria Hemenway.  White River Junction, VT: 1882.

·       History of Rutland County, Vermont, Civil, Ecclesiastical, Biographical and Military, Vol. 2, by Abby Maria Hemenway.  White River Junction, VT: 1882.

·       History of Rutland County, Vermont, With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.  H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann (Editors), Syracuse, N.Y.: D. Mason & Co., Publishers, 1886.

·       History of Vermont, Natural, Civil, and Statistical, in Three Parts.  By Zadock Thompson, Burlington: Chauncey Goodrich, 1842.

·       USGenWeb Archives for Rutland County, Vermont – biographies, cemeteries, census, and more

·       Vermont's Historic Roadside Markers

·       Lemuel Haynes (1756-1836) -" ...first black in America to serve as pastor of a white congregation...Rutland's West Parish"

·       Smalley-Davenport Shop - Thomas Davenport, 1802-1851, Inventor of the Electric Motor and Orange Alfonso Smalley (Brandon and Forestdale, VT)

 

HISTORICAL & GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES

 

 

 

MAPS

·       Vermont Area Map of ca. 1756: An accurate map of His Majesty's Province of New-Hampshire in New England & all the adjacent country northward to the River St. Lawrence, & eastward to Penobscot Bay, containing the principal places which relate to the present war on the continent of North America. By Saml. Langdon (1723-1797).

·       Ca. 1780 Map which shows land grants and purchases in northeastern New York State and granted townships in Vermont and parts of New Hampshire, and Massachusetts: A chorographical map of the Northern Department of North-America, drawn from the latest and most accurate observations, at Amsterdam by Cóvens and Mortier and Cóvens, junior.  By H. Klockhoff, sculp., [Amsterdam] 1780.  Repository: Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650 USA, url: <http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g3715.ar082800>

·       Ca. 1781 Map: An Accurate map of New Hampshire in New England, from a late survey. [London, 1781].  From the Universal magazine of knowledge and pleasure. March, 1781. Repository: Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650 USA, url: <http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g3740.ar087200>

·       Ca. 1784 Map: An accurate map of the State and Province of New-Hampshire in New England, taken from actual surveys of all the inhabited part, and from the best information of what is uninhabited, together with the adjacent countries, which exhibits the theatre of this war in that part of the world, by Col. Blanchard and the Revd. Mr. Langdon. Engraved by Thomas Jefferys. With many additions by Abel Sawyer. Boston, 1784.  Repository: Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650 USA, url: <http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g3740.ar087100>

·       1795 Map of Vermont, from actual survey.  By Doolittle, Amos (1754-1832).  From Carey's American Atlas, Philadelphia, 1795. DLC.  Philadelphia, 1795.  Repository: Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650 USA, url: <http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g3750.ct000093>

·       1814 Map of Vermont, from actual survey. By Carey, Mathew (1760-1839). From Carey's General Atlas of the World. DLC.  [S.l.], 1814.  Repository: Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650 USA, url: <http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g3750.ct000094>

·       Vermont Maps – Middlebury College digital collections.

 

MILITARY

·       Vermont in the Civil War, by Tom Ledoux.

 

QUERIES

·       Rootsweb Message Boards for Rutland County, VT

 

 

TOWNS / TOWNSHIPS / VILLAGES

See Town List

 

VITAL RECORDS

Vermont vital records may be obtained through the town clerk of the town in which the event occurred and/or through the resources below:

·       How to Obtain Vital Records for Vermont ?

·       Vermont State Archives & Records Administration

o   Online and Informational Copies of Vital Records

·       Index to Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954, (familysearch.org) – note this index may not be complete, some towns and records may not be included among state records.

·       Index to Vermont Vital Records, 1955-2003, (familysearch.org).

·       Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005, (familysearch.org) -  Vital and town records acquired from local town clerk offices.

 

WILL & PROBATE

·       Vermont Probate Courts

·       Rutland District Probate Court:  83 Center Street -  P.O. Box 339 - Rutland VT  05701;  Phone: (802) 775-0114.

o   Estates and Wills (FAQ)

 

·       Fair Haven District Probate Court:    North Park Place - Fair Haven, VT 05743, Phone: (802) 265-3380.

 

BENSON - Date Formed:  1780 - Villages & Communities include:  Benson, Benson Landing.    

·       Town of Benson, VT

·       Benson Town Clerk:  P. O. Box 163 - Benson, VT  05731;  Phone: (802) 537-2611.

·       Some Gravestone Inscriptions & Photos found in the Old Benson Cemetery, located behind the Town Clerk office in Benson, Rutland County, Vermont, contributed by Belinda Beldin, E-mail: belinda@glade.net.  Thank you Belinda! 

·       History of Rutland County, Vermont : with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers, by H. P. Smith.  Syracuse, N.Y.: D. Mason, 1886, (1007 pgs.)

The early Benson, Rutland County deaths were transcribed and donated to be posted to the VTGenWeb site, by Mona Knight.  Thank you Mona!!!

Page 467. Examples of Longevity.

Solomon Martin, died July 10, 1845, aged 93.

Sarah, wife of Elial Smith, died March 23, 1862, aged 92.

Anna, widow of Arnold Briggs, died August 17, 1869, aged 93.

Simeon Goodrich, died Feb 7, 1852, aged 92.

Rebecca, widow of Robert Barber, died March 18, 1856, aged 92.

Elial Smith, died May 10, 1867, aged 92.

Othniel Goodrich, died Aug 12, 1853, aged 91.

Fear, widow of Captain Stephen Olmsted, died January 7, 1825, aged 90.

William Jones, died March 23, 1852, aged 89.

Timothy Watson, died Aug 6, 1852, aged 89.

Mary, wife of Robert Parkhill, died Oct 26, 1800, aged 89.

Stephen Sherwood, died Jan 11, 1832, aged 89.

William Manning, died Jan 8, 1847, aged 88.

Susanna, widow of Rufus Walker, died July 20, 1863, aged 88.

The first death in this town is not now known, but the first recorded in the town record of deaths is that of an infant son of Benoni and Lucy Gleason, named James, who was born April 5, 1789, and died on the following day. With the exception of the child above mentioned, no inscription on any gravestone records a death earlier than that of Captain William Barber, which occurred August 11, 1789, at the age of forty-six years.

        Old Cemetery behind the Town Clerk office in Benson, Rutland County, Vermont

 

BRANDON  - Date Formed:  1761 - Villages & Communities include:  Brandon, Forest Dale.

·       Town of Brandon, VT

o   Brief History of Brandon

·       Brandon, Vermont Chamber of Commerce

o   History of Brandon, VT

·       Brandon Free Public Library

·       Brandon Town Clerk: 49 Center Street - Brandon, VT 05733; Phone: (802) 247-3635.

·       Cemeteries include:

   Brandon Cemetery - Established in 1788. Last burial in 1890.

 

CASTLETON - Date Formed:  1761 - Villages & Communities include:  Blissville, Bomoseen, Castleton, Castleton Corners, West Castleton.

 

 

CHITTENDEN  - Date Formed:  1780 - Villages & Communities include:  Chittenden, Holden

 

 

CLARENDON - Date Formed:  1761 - Villages & Communities include:  Alfrecha, Chippenhook, Clarendon, Clarendon Springs, East Clarendon, North Clarendon, Pierces Corner.

 

 

DANBY - Date Formed:  1761 - Villages & Communities include:  Danby, Danby Four Corners

 

 

 

FAIR HAVEN - Date Formed:  1779 - Villages & Communities include:  Fair Haven.

 

 

 

HUBBARDTON  - Date Formed:  1764 - Villages & Communities include:  East Hubbardton, Hortonia, Hubbardton.

 

 

IRA - Date Formed:  1780 - Villages & Communities include:  Ira

 

 

MENDON - Date Formed:  1781 - Villages & Communities include:  Mendon

 

 

 

MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS - Date Formed:  1784 - Villages & Communities include:  Middletown Springs

Note:  The earlier maps of 1814 and 1854 only call the town Middletown and do not include the word "Springs." 

 

 

Mt. HOLLY - Date Formed:  1792 - Villages & Communities include:  Belmont, Healdville, Hortonville, Mount Holly, Tarbellville.

 

 

Mt. TABOR - Date Formed:  1761 - Villages & Communities include:  Mount Tabor

 

 

PAWLET - Date Formed:  1761 - Villages & Communities include:  Pawlet, West Pawlet

          VTGenWeb for Pawlet, VT, coordinated by MaryLynne Ellis

 

 

PITTSFIELD - Date Formed:  1781 - Villages & Communities include:          Pittsfield

VTGenWeb for Pittsfield, VT, coordinated by Ann Mensch

 

 

 

PITTSFORD - Date Formed:  1761 - Villages & Communities include:  Pittsford, Florence (aka Fowler ca. 1902-1912)

 

 

 

POULTNEY - Date Formed:  1761 - Villages & Communities include:  East Poultney, Horace, Poultney, South Poultney.

 

          VTGenWeb for Poultney, VT, coordinated by MaryLynne Ellis

 

 

PROCTOR - Date Formed:  1886 - Villages & Communities include:  Proctor.

 

          VTGenWeb for Proctor, VT, coordinated by MaryLynne Ellis

 

RUTLAND - Date Formed:  1761 - Villages & Communities include:  City of Rutland, Rutland Center.

 (Tim Foley’s old page linked, but no longer updated)

 

 

SHERBURNE - Date Formed:  1761 - Villages & Communities include:  North Sherburne, Sherburne Center, South Sherburne.

 

 

 

SHREWSBURY - Date Formed:  1761 - Villages & Communities include:  Cold River, Cuttingsville, North Shrewsbury, Russellville.

 

 

 

SUDBURY - Date Formed:  1763 - Villages & Communities include:  Sudbury.

 

 

TINMOUTH - Date Formed:  1761 - Villages & Communities include:  Tinmouth.

 

 

WALLINGFORD - Date Formed:  1761 - Villages & Communities include:  East Wallingford, South Wallingford, Wallingford.

 

 

WELLS - Villages & Communities include:  Wells.

 

 

WEST HAVEN - Date Formed:  1792 - Villages & Communities include:  West Haven.

 

 

WEST RUTLAND - Date Formed:  1886 - Villages & Communities include:  West Rutland

 

 

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