Newport Town, Orleans County, Vermont Genealogy

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Newport Town

Brief History

The town of Newport was chartered on October 30, 1802 by the Vermont Legislature. The town was originally named Duncansborough, after one of several Duncans named in the grant, all of whom appear to have lived in Dummerston. The petition was in 1780 and the grant a year later, but the charter was not issued for another twenty years.

The 1816 Legislature added two parcels of land to Duncansborough: Coventry Leg and part of the old town of Salem. As for the new name, it is possible that post-Revolutionary settlers from New Hampshire or Rhode Island brought Newport with them; it may also be a combination reference to the "new" town and the presence of Lake Memphremagog.   [1] [2]

Historical Data

Town Histories

Vital Records

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

Military Records

Probate Records

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

Church Records

St. Mark's Church (Newport, Vermont) Records, 1875-1940, are available on microfilm at the Family History Library.

City Directories

Newport Town maps are available for the years of 1884, 1896 and 1930.


1878 map of Newport Town

1878 map of Newport Center Town


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

Town Records

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1797 -1918, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Newport Town Clerk's Office. These include Deeds, 1797-1851, and Deeds, 1850-1879; index to deeds, 1852-1883.

Newport Town Clerk
102 Vance Hill Road
P.O. Box 85
Newport Center, VT 05857
Phone: 802) 334-6442


The Newport Daily Express

Libraries and Historical Societies

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


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