Cavendish, Windsor County, Vermont Genealogy

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United States Gotoarrow.png Vermont Gotoarrow.png Windsor Gotoarrow.png Cavendish

Brief History

The charter for Cavendish was issued by New Hampshire on October 12, 1761 and the Town was rechartered by New York on June 16, 1762. Cavendish was most likely named for William Cavendish, the fourth Duke of Devonshire.

The Town of Cavendish was home to U.S.S.R. dissident and author, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn from 1977 to 1994. The Nobel Laureate called Cavendish home because it was a place where he could find sanctuary and a quiet atmosphere in which to write. Once Communist rule in Russia was over, he decided to return to Russia.[1][2]

Historical Data

Town Histories

  • History of Cavendish, Vermont., by Lois Wheeler (1952) - Find this book in a library.
  • Families of Cavendish : the early settlers of the Black River Valley in Windsor County, Vermont : a social and genealogical history, by Linda Margaret Farr Welch, Carmine Guica, and Barbara B Kingsbury (1999) - Find this book in a library.
  • Neither wealth nor poverty; the history of the woolen mills of Gay Brothers, 1869-1944, Tunbridge, Cavendish, Vermont, by Janet Mabie (1944) - Find this book in a library.

Vital Records

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

Probate Records

The probate district for Cavendish is Windsor.
Windsor Probate Court
PO Box 402 (Cota Fuel Bdg)
N. Springfield, VT 05150
Phone: (802) 886-2284

City Directories


1869 map of Cavendish


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

  • Cavendish Village Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Mount Union Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Old Revoluntionary War Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Twenty Mile Stream Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.

Cemeteries of Cavendish, Vermont records are available on microfilm at the Family History Library.   Order film online.


First Universalist Church Records, 1848-1965, are on microfilm at the Family History Library. Order film online.

Baptist Church Records, 1866-1966, are available on microfilm at the Family History Library. Order film online.

Town Records

Digital images of Cavendish Town records, 1782-1996, are available online at FamilySearch.

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Cavendish Town Clerk's Office. These include Land records, 1761-1904; indexes to land records, 1761-1952Town records, 1776-1885Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1900-1996, and Records of marriages, births and deaths, 1840-1900; indexes to marriages, 1778-1883.

Town of Cavendish
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 126
Physical Address: 37 High St.
Cavendish, VT 05142
Phone: (802) 226-7291
Clerk Email:


Rutland Herald Newspaper

Libraries and Historical Societies

Cavendish Historical Society
PO Box 472
Cavendish, VT 05142.
Phone: (802) 226-7807

Cavendish Fletcher Community Library
573 Main St.
Proctorsville, VT 05153
Phone: (802) 226-7503


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