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Vernon, Windham County, Vermont Genealogy

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

Vernon has one of the most involved histories of any town in Vermont. Originally the area was included in the Massachusetts grant for Northfield, which was made in 1672, and some Vernon land titles actually derive from that grant. The area was later part of the Equivalent Lands (given by Massachusetts in exchange for land that colony had mistakenly sold). Later still, in 1736, Massachusetts granted Fall Town (sometimes Fallstown), and that grant also covered part of Vernon. In 1753 New Hampshire had granted Hinsdale, on both sides of the Connecticut River, including part of modern Vernon. When the river was established as the boundary between New Hampshire and Vermont, there were established separate but neighboring towns in separate states, both named Hinsdale. By the beginning of the 19th Century, the people of Hinsdale, Vermont were tired of having the same name as their neighbors across the river, and in October, 1802 the Vermont legislature changed the town's name to Vernon.  [1][2]

Historical Data
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Town Histories
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Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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

Probate Records
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The probate district for Vernon is Marlboro.
Marlboro Probate Court
80 Flat St, Suite 104
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Phone: (802) 257-2898

City Directories
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Maps
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1869 map of Vernon

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

  • North Cemetery (aka Hunt Cemetery) - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • South Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • StebbinsCemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Tyler Cemetery (aka Sunset Cemetery) - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.

Churches
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Town Records
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Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1857-1913, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Townshend Town Clerk's Office. These include Town Records, 1763-1908, 1945-1957.

Town of Vernon
567 Governor Hunt Rd
Vernon, VT 05354
Phone: 802) 257-0292

Newspapers
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Brattleboro Reformer

Libraries and Historical Societies
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Library of Vernon
567 Governor Hunt Rd.
Vernon, VT 05354
Phone: 802 257-0150
Website: Vernon Free Library

References[edit | edit source]

  1. About Vernon, VT - Virtual Vermont - http://www.virtualvermont.com/towns/vernon.html#about
  2. History of the Town of Vernon, VT http://sites.rootsweb.com/~vermont/WindhamVernon.html

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