Brattleboro, Windham County, Vermont Genealogy

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Brief History

Brattleboro is a river town rich in history.  It was the site of the first permanent English settlement in Vermont, Fort Dummer, in 1724.  The town was chartered on December 26, 1753.

The French and Indian Wars prevented settlement of the original grant, and Benning Wentworth renewed the charter in 1760 and 1761.  Originally Brattleborough, the town was named for the first grantee, Colonel William Brattle, Jr. of Boston.

It was in 1888 that Postal authorities decided that all towns ending with -borough should be shortened to -boro. Vermont went along with it and Brattleborough became Brattleboro. [1][2][3]

Historical Data

Town Histories

Vital Records

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

Probate Records

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

City Directories

Vermont City Directories in Vermont Repositories.

Brattleboro (Vermont) city directories (1901-1935) - available on microfilm at the Family History Library.

Maps

1869 map of Brattleboro

Cemeteries

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

Brattleboro

  • Brattleboro Area Jewish Cemetery
  • Cotton Mill Hill Cemetery
  • King Cemetery
  • Lee Cemetery
  • Locust Rdge Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Morningside Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Prospect Hill Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Retreat Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Saint Michaels Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Whetsotne Valley Fame Cemetery
  • Winchester Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.

West Brattleboro

  • Dalem Cemetery
  • Glen Street Cemetery
  • West Brattleboro Cemetery - insciptions at Find A Grave site.

Record of deaths made from monuments in the different cemeteries in the town of Brattleboro, that died before 1857 are available on microfilm at the Family History Library. Order film online.

Churches

Town Records

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1779-2002, can be found on FamilySerach (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Brattleboro Town Clerk's Office. These include Brattleboro, Vermont, deeds/land records 1783-1871 and indexes, and Town and vital records, 1779-1915; index to vital records, 1778-1864.

Brattleboro Town Clerk
230 Main St # 108
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Phone: (802) 251-8157
Email: townclerk@brattleboro.org
Website: http://www.brattleboro.org/index.asp?SEC=D2B84780-DAA5-440E-A75D-65C89670222C

Newspapers

Brattleboro Reformer

Libraries and Historical Societies

Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St,
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Phone: (802) 254-5290
Website: http://brookslibraryvt.org/

Brattleboro Historical Society
230 Main St #301
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Phone:( 802) 258-4957
Email: histsoc@sover.net
Website: http://brattleborohistoricalsociety.org/

References

  1. Brattleboro History, Brattleboro Historical Society - http://brattleborohistoricalsociety.org/
  2. About Brattleboro, VT - http://www.virtualvermont.com/towns/brattleboro.html#about
  3. History of the Town of Brattleboro, VT, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vermont/WindhamBrattleboro.html

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