Monkton, Addison County, Vermont Genealogy

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Addison County

Brief History

Monkton was chartered on June 24, 1762 and was organized as a town in 1786. Settlement of the town was sporadic before the Revolutionary War, and many of the early settlers left their homes during the course of the war, seeking safety elsewhere. The overall settlement of the town began after the war.

Most present-day maps show the town's main village as Monkton Boro, although the postal name is just Monkton. At different times the hamlet has been known as The Borough, sometimes spelled Boro, or Burrough.

Overlooking a small body of water in the northern section of town is the village of Monkton Ridge; the body of water there was called simply Monkton Pond from the time the town was settled until a few years ago, when it was renamed Cedar Lake because of the fine stand of cedar that casts its reflection on the surface of the water. [1] [2]

Historical Data

Town Histories

  • History of Monkton, Vermont, 1734-1961, by Leon V. Bushey, Jessie Thomas, and Howard French - view digital copy of this book online.
  • Around the mountains : historical essays about Charlotte, Ferrisburgh, and Monkton, by William Wallace Higbee; Kathleen McKinley Harris; Mary G Lighthall (1991) - find this book in a library.
  • Monkton History from the “Gazetteer and Business Directory of Addison County, VT, for 1881-82”, compiled and published by Hamilton Child - view a digital copy of this book online.

Vital Records

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

Probate Records

The probate district for Monkton is Addison.
Addison Probate Court
7 Mahady Court
Middlebury, VT 05753
Phone: (802) 388-2612

City Directories


1871 map of Monkton Township


The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Monkton. For location of cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Addison County, website at this link.

  • Boro Cemetery (also known as Monktonboro Cemetery) - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • East Monkton Cemetery (also known a Morgan Cemetery) - inscriptions found at Find a Grave site.
  • Monkton Ridge Cemetery (also known as Ridge Cemetery) - inscriptions found at Find a Grave site.


Monthly meeting records, 1801-1846, Society of Friends. Monkton Vermont are on microfilm at the Family History Library.

Town Records

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1857-1998, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

Vermont, Addison County, Monkton, land records, 1850-1904 can be found on FamilySearch (browse only).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Monkton Town Clerk's Office. These include Land records, 1762-1850; index to deeds, 1786-1950, and Town records, 1788-1905.

Monkton Town Clerk
280 Monkton Rd.
P.O. Box 12
Monkton, VT 05473
Phone:(802) 453-3800


Addison County Independent ($)

Burlington Free Press

Rutland Herald

Libraries and Historical Societies

Monkton Museum and Historical Society
280 Monkton Ridge
North Ferrisburgh, VT 05473

Russell Memorial Library
4333 States Prison Hollow Rd.
Monkton, VT 05469
Phone: (802) 453-4471


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