Rupert, Bennington County, Vermont Genealogy

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

Rupert was chartered by Governor Benning Wentworth on Aug. 20, 1761. The first meeting of proprietors was held in Bennington on April 16, 1765.  One of Rupert's first settlers was Reuben Harmon, the metalsmith who was given the right to mint coins for the Republic of Vermont in 1785. Harmon's Mint was in East Rupert on a small stream now known as Hagar's Brook. [1]

Historical Data[edit | edit source]

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. Also available online in PDF format at this link.

Town Histories
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Rupert, VT; historical and descriptive, 1761-1898, George Sayre Hibbard, Tuttle Publishing, 1899.

Early Memories of West Rupert, VT, Samuel Sterling Sherman, Barnard & Miller Print, 1912- Family History Library has film of book.

A Glimpse of the Early History of Rupert, VT, Naomi Sheldon Guibord - Family History Library has film of book.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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

Marriage book of Wm. Putnam Rallson FHL Collection
William Rallson kept records of marriages for the following towns and years: Keeseville, 1873-1874; Essex, 1874-1875; Waterford, 1879-1880; Jonesville, 1880-1883, 1900-1902; Gloversville, 1883-1886; Mechanicville, 1886-1892; Salem, 1892-1896; Rupert, Vt., 1897; Brandon, Vt., 1898-1899; Vergennes, Vt. 1888-1892; Ferrisburg, Vt. 1888-1892; Schoharie, 1903-1904; Guilderland, 1905-1908; Richmondville, 1908-1912.

Probate Records
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The probate district for Rupert is Manchester.
Manchester Probate Court
P.O. Box 446
Manchester, VT 05846
Phone: (802) 362-1410

City Directories
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The Family History Library has microfilm of Rupert City Directories

Maps
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1856 Map of Rupert

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

  • Hay Family Private Burial Ground - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Hopkins Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Kent Hollow Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • North Rupert Cemetery- inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Pawlet Mountain Road Cemetery (Cemetery on the Hill) - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Rupert Street Cemetery (aka Rupert Cemetery) - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • West Rupert Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.

The gravestone inscriptions of Rupert, Bennington County, Vermont.

Churches
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1. Rupert Congregational Church
    2890 Vermont Hwy 153
    Rupert, VT 05768
    Phone: (802) 394-2501

Town Records
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The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Rupert Town Clerks Office. These include Births, marriages, deaths, 1820-1954 (approx.); index, 1858-1972 (approx.), Land records, 1780-1915; index to land records, 1780-1972, and Proprietors records and land surveys, 1765-1882.

Rupert Town Clerk
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 140 West Rupert, VT 05776
Physical Address: 187 East Street West Rupert, VT 05776
Phone: (802) 394-7728
Email: rupert187@myfairpoint.net

Newspapers
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The Manchester Journal

Libraries and Historical Societies
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R. K. Kittay Public Library
2827 St. Rt. 153, P.O. Box 53
West Rupert, VT 05776
Phone: (802) 394-2444
Email: rkkittay@myfairpoint.net
Website: http://www.rupertkittaylibrary.org/

Rupert Historical Society
Rte. 153, Main Street
Rupert, VT 05768
Mailing Address: Box 2, Lewis Road , Rupert, VT 05768
Email: R.K.Kittay@sover.net
Phone: (802) 394-7864 

References[edit | edit source]

  1. History of the Town of Rupert, Lewis Cass Aldrich, rootsweb