Isle La Motte, Grand Isle County, Vermont Genealogy

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Grand Isle County
Isle La Motte
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Modern town borders of Isle La Motte in Grand Isle County, Vermont.

Brief History

One of four towns comprising Vermont's "Lake Champlain Islands," Isle of La Motte was chartered on October 27, 1779.  Isle LaMotte is the northernmost and most remote of the Champlain Islands.

Originally called Isle of Mott in its charter, but very early the original French form of the name was adopted, and usage has given it authority. Some historians have said that Isle La Motte was chartered in conjunction with the Two Heroes (see North Hero, South Hero or Grand Isle), but the records of the Legislature and those of the Governor and Council show that there were two separate groups of petitioners, two grants and two charters for the two different tracts of land.

In 1802 the town's name was changed from Isle La Motte to Vineyard. The official records give no indication of the rationale behind the change, but it must have been at the instigation of the townspeople themselves, because the legislature never made any arbitrary name-changes. Whatever the reason, the change was not a permanent one: in 1830 the name was changed back to Isle La Motte. [1] [2]   

Historical Data

Isle La Motte (Vineyard), Vermont : historical and genealogical data, 1791-1860, is available on microfilm at the Family History Library.

Town Histories

  • History, town of Isle La Motte, Vermont : an account of the discovery, settlement, and interesting and remarkable events, by Allen L Stratton (1984) - find this book in a library.

Vital Records

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

Military Records

Land Records

Probate Records

Grand Isle Probate Division
3677 U.S. Route 2
PO Box 7
North Hero VT 05474
Phone: (802) 372-8350

Church Records

City Directories


1871 map of Alburgh, Isle La Motte & Hero North Towns.


The following is a list of major cemeteries in present-day Isle of La Motte Town. For location of all cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Grand Isle County, website at this link.  

Town Records

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Isle of La Motte Town Clerk's Office. These include: Town and vital records of Isle La Motte, Vermont, 1791-Mar. 2000, and Deeds and land records, 1792-1900.

Isle La Motte Town Clerk
2272 Main St.
Isle La Motte, VT 05463
Phone: (802) 928-3434


St. Albans Messenger

Libraries and Historical Societies

Isle La Motte Public Library
2238 Main St.
Isle La Motte, VT 05463
Phone: (802) 928-4113

Isle of La Motte Historical Society
20 Quarry Road
Isle La Motte, VT, 05463
Phone: (802) 928-3077


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