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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Vermont|Vermont]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Rutland County, Vermont|Rutland ]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Brandon'''''  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Vermont|Vermont]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Rutland County, Vermont|Rutland ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Mendon'''''  
  
 
=== Brief History  ===
 
=== Brief History  ===
  
The town &nbsp;was chartered on October 20, 1761. The initial name of the town was&nbsp;Neshoba or Neshobe selected by Captain Josiah Powers for the newly chartered town in the New Hampshire Grants.&nbsp;In October of 1784, the name of the town was changed to Brandon. <br>  
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Several towns in Rutland County have undergone official name changes in their history, but Mendon holds a record; three names. Vermont chartered Medway on Feb. 23, 1781. In an unrelated move, Jonathan Parker purchased a 3,000-acre tract of land in 1796 known today as Parkers Gore. Medway and Parkers Gore merged in 1804, and Medway became Parkertown after the largest landowner. This also explains that irregular property boundary of the town located in the southeast corner. Parker's influence remained with the town for until 1827 when the state renamed the town one last time to Mendon.&nbsp; <ref>Mendon holds Vermont record for changing its name, Don Wickman, Rutland Herald Newspaper, Nov. 3, 2006.</ref><ref>History Rutland County Vermont, Edited by H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann, Syracuse, NY, 1886.</ref>  
  
The town grew and flourished during the 1800s with the discovery of marble, and iron ore. The establishment of the railroad in 1849 enabled the shipping of iron-based products.
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=== Historical Data  ===
  
As these early industries began to decline, dairy farming and tourism became increasingly important to ensured the economic survival of Brandon.
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=== Town Histories  ===
  
Brandon is the birthplace of Stephen A. Douglas, one of America’s most prominent 19th century statesmen, and his birthplace is now the Brandon Museum.
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The history of Mendon, Vermont: Commemorating the Bicentennial of America 1776-1976 and Vermont 1727-1977 anticipating the Bicentennial of Mendon 1781-1981<br>by Mary Ruth, 1977. &nbsp;[http://www.worldcat.org/title/history-of-mendon-vermont-commemorating-the-bicentennial-of-america-1776-1976-and-vermont-1727-1977-anticipating-the-bicentennial-of-mendon-1781-1981/oclc/004597020 Find a library] where book is held.&nbsp; &nbsp;  
 
 
Brandon’s population hovers around 4,000 residents spread out over 75 miles of roads.<ref>History Rutland County Vermont, Edited by H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann, Syracuse, NY, 1886.</ref><ref>Town of Brandon, Vermont, by Augusta W. Kellogg, in New England Magazine, November 1897.</ref><br>
 
 
 
=== Historical Data<br>  ===
 
 
 
=== Town Histories<br>  ===
 
 
 
Brandon, Vermont: A History of the Town Dedicated to Its Citizens,&nbsp;Leon S. Gay, published by the Town of Brandon, 1962. [http://books.google.com/books/about/Brandon_Vermont.html?id=5LgMAAAAYAAJ [Google Books]]
 
 
 
Town of Brandon, Vermont, by Augusta W. Kellogg, in New England Magazine, November 1897 [[http://books.google.com/books?id=-q8VAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA293&lpg=PA293&dq=The+Town+of+Brandon+Vermont+Augusta+Kellogg&source=bl&ots=WzxKQU6R3Q&sig=cJ2wjgf31TXR7HyrEqHytGlHyq8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ng62UeSsCcaRyAHV6oDAAw&ved=0CDUQ6AEwAg Google eBook]]
 
 
 
Historical Photographs of Brandon and Forestdale, Vermont,&nbsp;Deborah S. Kirby, David Read Barker, 1976 [http://books.google.com/books/about/Historical_Photographs_of_Brandon_and_Fo.html?id=dQbcNwAACAAJ [Google Books]]
 
  
 
=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
  
*FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=47 online].&nbsp;
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FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=47 online].  
*Marriage book of Wm. Putnam Rallson {{FHL|145232|item}} <br>William Rallson kept records of marriages for the following towns and years: [[Keeseville, New York|Keeseville]], 1873-1874; [[Essex, New York|Essex]], 1874-1875; [[Waterford, New York|Waterford]], 1879-1880; [[Jonesville, New York|Jonesville]], 1880-1883, 1900-1902; [[Gloversville, New York|Gloversville]], 1883-1886; [[Mechanicville, New York|Mechanicville]], 1886-1892; [[Salem, New York|Salem]], 1892-1896; [[Rupert, Vermont|Rupert]], Vt., 1897; [[Brandon, Vermont|Brandon]], Vt., 1898-1899; [[Vergennes, Vermont|Vergennes]], Vt. 1888-1892; [[Ferrisburg, Vermont|Ferrisburg]], Vt. 1888-1892; [[Schoharie, New York|Schoharie]], 1903-1904; [[Guilderland, New York|Guilderland]], 1905-1908; [[Richmondville, New York|Richmondville]], 1908-1912.
 
  
 
=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== Probate Records  ===
  
The probate district for Brandon is Rutland.  
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The probate district for Mendon is Rutland.<br>Rutland Probate Court <br>83 Center Street <br>Rutland, VT 05701 <br>(802) 775-0114  
 
 
Rutland Probate Court <br>83 Center Street <br>Rutland, VT 05701 <br>(802) 775-0114  
 
  
=== City Directories<br> ===
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=== City Directories  ===
  
[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1006082 FamilySearch Library Catalog]
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=== Maps  ===
  
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
  
The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Brandon. For location of cemeteries, see Cemteries of Vermont, Rutland County, website at this [http://www.nekg-vt.com/Cemeteries-of-VT/rutland.htm link].&nbsp;<br>
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The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Mendon. For location of cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Rutland County, website at this [http://www.nekg-vt.com/Cemeteries-of-VT/rutland.htm link].  
  
*Brandon Town Cemetery  
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*Eggelston Cemetery  
*Congregational Church Cemetery
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*Lydias-Wheelerville Road Cemetery  
*Gilbert-Cook-Goodrow Cemetery<br>
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*Mountain Cemetery  
*Goshen Cemetery
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*Rice Cemetery  
*June Cemetery
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*Tenney Cemetery  
*Maple Street Cemetery  
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*Wilkins Cemetery
*Mitchell Cemetery  
 
*Pine Hill Cemetery  
 
*Saint Marys Cemetery  
 
*Sugar Hollow Cemetery
 
  
 
=== Churches  ===
 
=== Churches  ===
  
1. Brandon Baptist Church<br> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;15 Champlain St.<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Brandon, VT 05733 <br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Phone: (802) 247-3339
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1.&nbsp;Mendon Community United Methodist Church<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; 2600 Route 4 East<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Rutland, VT 05765<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Phone: (802) 459-2070 <br>  
 
 
2.&nbsp;Brandon Congregational Church<br> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;74 Park St.<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Brandon, VT 05733<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Phone:(802) 247-6058
 
 
 
3. Brandon United Methodist Church<br> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;1 Franklin St.<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; PO Box 55<br>&nbsp; &nbsp;Brandon, VT 05733<br>&nbsp; &nbsp;Phone: (802) 247-6524
 
 
 
4. Forrest Dale Wesley Church<br> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;1895 Forest Dale Rd.<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Brandon, VT 05733<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Phone:(802) 247-6748
 
 
 
5. St Mary's Church<br> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;38 Carver St.<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Brandon, VT 05733<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Phone:(802) 247-6351
 
 
 
6.&nbsp;St Thomas Episcopal Church<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; 19 Conant Square<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Brandon, VT 05733<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Phone:(802) 247-6759
 
  
 
=== Town Records  ===
 
=== Town Records  ===
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Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005, can be found on FamilySerach (browse only images) at this [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1987653 link].  
 
Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005, can be found on FamilySerach (browse only images) at this [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1987653 link].  
  
The Family History Library has [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/346778 microfilm of&nbsp;original records]&nbsp;from the Brandon Town Clerks Office. &nbsp;These include Land records 1785-1953, and town records 1846-1881.
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The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Mendon Town Clerks Office. These include&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/178056 Town records, 1806-1851], and&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/1045327 Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1857-1995]
  
Brandon Town Offices<br>49 Center St.<br>Brandon, VT 05733<br> Phone: (802) 247-3635<br>Website: [http://townofbrandon.com/ http://townofbrandon.com/]<br>
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Mendon Town Clerk<br>157 Park Ln<br>Mendon, VT 05701<br>Phone: (802) 775-1662<br> E-mail:&nbsp;mendonvt@sover.net
  
 
=== Newspapers  ===
 
=== Newspapers  ===
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=== Libraries and Historical Societies  ===
 
=== Libraries and Historical Societies  ===
  
Brandon Free Public Library<br>4 Franklin St.<br>Brandon, VT 05733<br>Phone:(802) 247-8230<br> Website:&nbsp;[http://www.brandonpubliclibrary.org/ http://www.brandonpubliclibrary.org/]
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=== References  ===
 
 
Brandon Historical Society<br>Museum Building, 360 New Road, Park Village<br>Brandon, VT<br>Mailing Address: 26 Carver Street, Brandon, VT 05733<br>Phone: (802) 247-3280<br>Contact: John Peterson, President<br>
 
 
 
=== References<br> ===
 
  
 
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Brief History

Several towns in Rutland County have undergone official name changes in their history, but Mendon holds a record; three names. Vermont chartered Medway on Feb. 23, 1781. In an unrelated move, Jonathan Parker purchased a 3,000-acre tract of land in 1796 known today as Parkers Gore. Medway and Parkers Gore merged in 1804, and Medway became Parkertown after the largest landowner. This also explains that irregular property boundary of the town located in the southeast corner. Parker's influence remained with the town for until 1827 when the state renamed the town one last time to Mendon.  [1][2]

Historical Data

Town Histories

The history of Mendon, Vermont: Commemorating the Bicentennial of America 1776-1976 and Vermont 1727-1977 anticipating the Bicentennial of Mendon 1781-1981
by Mary Ruth, 1977.  Find a library where book is held.   

Vital Records

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

Probate Records

The probate district for Mendon is Rutland.
Rutland Probate Court
83 Center Street
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 775-0114

City Directories

Maps

Cemeteries

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

  • Eggelston Cemetery
  • Lydias-Wheelerville Road Cemetery
  • Mountain Cemetery
  • Rice Cemetery
  • Tenney Cemetery
  • Wilkins Cemetery

Churches

1. Mendon Community United Methodist Church
    2600 Route 4 East
    Rutland, VT 05765
    Phone: (802) 459-2070

Town Records

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005, can be found on FamilySerach (browse only images) at this link.

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Mendon Town Clerks Office. These include Town records, 1806-1851, and Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1857-1995

Mendon Town Clerk
157 Park Ln
Mendon, VT 05701
Phone: (802) 775-1662
E-mail: mendonvt@sover.net

Newspapers

Rutland Herald online at this link.

Libraries and Historical Societies

References

  1. Mendon holds Vermont record for changing its name, Don Wickman, Rutland Herald Newspaper, Nov. 3, 2006.
  2. History Rutland County Vermont, Edited by H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann, Syracuse, NY, 1886.

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