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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Vermont|Vermont]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Rutland County, Vermont|Rutland ]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Benson'''''  
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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&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">.</span><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>  
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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>  
  
=== Historical Data<br> ===
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=== Historical Data  ===
  
=== Town Histories<br> ===
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=== Town Histories  ===
  
[http://www.benson-vt.com/benson-th.php Benson VT Town History]<br>
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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;
  
 
=== 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;<br>
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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].  
  
 
=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== Probate Records  ===
  
The probate district for Benson is Fair Haven.  
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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
  
Fair haven Probate Court <br>3 North Park Place <br>Fair Haven, VT 05743 <br>(802) 265-3380
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=== City Directories  ===
  
=== City Directories<br> ===
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=== Maps ===
 
 
[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/1104003 Family History Library Catalog]
 
  
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
  
The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Benson. 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].  
  
*Carter Street Cemetery  
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*Eggelston Cemetery  
*Carver Falls Cemetery  
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*Lydias-Wheelerville Road Cemetery  
*Fair View Cemetery<br>
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*Mountain Cemetery  
*Hackett Dam Cenetery
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*Rice Cemetery  
*Hawk Hill Cemetery
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*Tenney Cemetery  
*Hitchcock Cemetery
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*Wilkins Cemetery
*Old Cemetery
 
*Old Benson Cemetery  
 
*Rural Cemetery  
 
*Temple Cemetery
 
  
 
=== Churches  ===
 
=== Churches  ===
  
1. United Church of Benson<br> &nbsp; &nbsp; 2793 Stage Rd.<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Fair Haven, VT 05743<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; Phone: (802) 537-2455<br>  
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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>  
  
=== Town Records<br> ===
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=== Town Records  ===
  
The Family History Library has&nbsp;microfilm of original records&nbsp;from the Benson Town Clerks Office. &nbsp;These include [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/140699 records of births and deaths, 1744-1890],&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/685266 records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1857-1995; indexes to births 1857-1994, marriages 1794-1995] and&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/685339 Town proceedings, v. 1-3, 1788-1863].  
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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].  
  
Benson VT Town Clerk<br>2760 Stage Road<br>PO Box 163<br>Benson, VT 05731<br> Phone: (802) 537-2611<br> Email: townclerk@benson-vt.com<br>Website: [http://www.benson-vt.com/benson-tc.php http://www.benson-vt.com/benson-tc.php]<br>
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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]
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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
  
 
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=== Libraries and Historical Societies  ===
 
=== Libraries and Historical Societies  ===
  
Public Library of Benson<br>2750 Stage Road<br>P.O. Box 163 <br>Benson, VT 05731<br>Phone:&nbsp;(802) 537-4181<br> E-Mail: library@benson-vt.com<br> Website:&nbsp;[http://www.benson-vt.com/benson-pl.php http://www.benson-vt.com/benson-pl.php]<br>
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=== References  ===
 
 
=== 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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