Charleston, Orleans County, Vermont Genealogy

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Brief History

The town of Charleston was granted on November 10, 1780 by the Vermont Legislature.  The town was originaly named Navy by the Commodore Abraham Whipple of Rhode Island, who was the first named grantee.  None of the original grantees ever resided in the town.

In 1825 the town's name was changed by the Vermont legislature from Navy to Charleston.  The town contains three unincorporated villages: Charleston, East Charleston and West Charleston.[1]  [2]

Historical Data

Town Histories

History of the town of Charleston, Vermont (Navy, 1803-1825), by Esther B. Hamilton (1955) - view a digital copy of this book online.

Vital Records

FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records online.

Military Records

Enrolled Militia (Charleston, Vermont), 1862-1866, records are available on microfilm at the Family History Library.

Probate Records

Orleans Probate Division
247 Main Street
Newport, VT · 05855
Phone: (802) 334-3305

Church Records

City Directories

1884 Charleston Town Directory


1878 map of Charleston, and Charleston Town East.


The following is a list of major cemeteries in present-day Charleston. For location of all cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Orleans County, website at this link.  

Town Records

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1806 -1999, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Charleston Town Clerk's Office. These include Vital records of Charleston, Vermont, 1803-1999, Land records (Charleston, Vermont); index to records, 1806-1905, 1841-1910, and Land records, 1806-1849.

Charleston Town Clerk’s Office
5063 Vt. Rte. 105
West Charleston, VT 05872
Phone: (802) 895-2814


The Newport Daily Express

Libraries and Historical Societies

Charleston Historical Society, Inc.
PO Box 46
East Charleston, VT 05833
Phone: (802) 723-4833

Northeast Kingdom Genealogy - Genealogy resources for towns in the counties of Essex, Orleans and Caledonia.


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