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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Vermont|Vermont]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Rutland County, Vermont|Rutland ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Mendon'''''  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Vermont|Vermont]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Rutland County, Vermont|Rutland ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Mount Holly'''''  
  
 
=== Brief History  ===
 
=== 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.&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>  
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Mount Holly started life as a gore, specifically Jackson's Gore, named after one Abraham Jackson, who first settled the land in 1782. Located between Ludlow and Wallingford, the gore appeared rather unfriendly territory, but two different groups of settlers found the resources habitable and started clearing the forests.  
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By 1792, enough people had settled the gore that the Vermont Legislature incorporated the town under a new named - Mount Holly. There exists some debate about the origin of the name. One argument has the town being named after another Mount Holly, this one located in southern New Jersey. Quaker heritage linked the two communities. Numerous Quakers first settled Mount Holly, New Jersey; and a large percentage of the first residents of Jackson's Gore also belonged to the sect.
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The combination of dairy and harsh Mount Holly winters prompted farmers to adopt a style of architecture rarely found in western Vermont. Known as "continuous architecture," this featured a number of farm buildings interconnected with the farmhouse. The arrangement permitted farmers to travel indoors during the winter and not be exposed to the cold temperatures and snowy conditions so prevalent in the region. <ref>Mount Holly: Trains, villes and one wooly mammoth, Don Wickman, Rutland Herald Newspaper, Oct. 6, 2006.</ref><ref>History Rutland County Vermont, Edited by H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann, Syracuse, NY, 1886.</ref>  
  
 
=== Historical Data  ===
 
=== Historical Data  ===
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=== Town Histories  ===
 
=== 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<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;  
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History of Mount Holly, Vermont, Carroll R. Tarbell, 1987. &nbsp;[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=History+of+Mount+Holly%2C+Vermont&qt=owc_search Find a library] where book is held.&nbsp; &nbsp;  
  
 
=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
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=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== Probate Records  ===
  
The probate district for Mendon is Rutland.<br>Rutland Probate Court <br>83 Center Street <br>Rutland, VT 05701 <br>(802) 775-0114  
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The probate district for Mount Holly is Rutland.<br>Rutland Probate Court <br>83 Center Street <br>Rutland, VT 05701 <br>(802) 775-0114  
  
 
=== City Directories  ===
 
=== City Directories  ===
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=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== 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 [http://www.nekg-vt.com/Cemeteries-of-VT/rutland.htm link].  
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The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Mount Holly. For location of cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Rutland County, website at this [http://www.nekg-vt.com/Cemeteries-of-VT/rutland.htm link].  
 
 
*Eggelston Cemetery
 
*Lydias-Wheelerville Road Cemetery
 
*Mountain Cemetery
 
*Rice Cemetery
 
*Tenney Cemetery
 
*Wilkins Cemetery
 
  
=== Churches  ===
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*Carlton Cemetery
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*Hortonville Cemetery
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*Mount Holly Cemetery
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*New Mechanicsville Cemetery
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*Old Mechanicsville Cemetery
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*Packer Cemetery
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*Tarbellville Cemetery
  
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>  
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=== Churches<br> ===
  
 
=== 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 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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The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Mount Holly Town Clerks Office. These include&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/350160 Town and vital records, 1792-1907], and&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/674736 Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1857-1995.]  
  
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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Mount Holly Town Clerk<br> PO Box 248<br>Mount Holly, VT 05758<br>Phone: (802) 259-2391<br>Website: [http://www.mounthollyvt.org/town-services/town-office/ http://www.mounthollyvt.org/town-services/town-office/]
  
 
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=== Newspapers  ===
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=== Libraries and Historical Societies  ===
 
=== Libraries and Historical Societies  ===
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Mount Holly Town Library<br>26 Maple Hill Road<br>Belmont , Vermont 05730<br>Phone: (802) 259-3707<br>Email: mthollylibrary@gmail.com<br>WWebsite: [http://www.mounthollyvt.org/library/ http://www.mounthollyvt.org/library/]
  
 
=== References  ===
 
=== References  ===

Revision as of 14:48, 11 July 2013

United States Gotoarrow.png Vermont Gotoarrow.png Rutland Gotoarrow.png Mount Holly

Brief History

Mount Holly started life as a gore, specifically Jackson's Gore, named after one Abraham Jackson, who first settled the land in 1782. Located between Ludlow and Wallingford, the gore appeared rather unfriendly territory, but two different groups of settlers found the resources habitable and started clearing the forests.

By 1792, enough people had settled the gore that the Vermont Legislature incorporated the town under a new named - Mount Holly. There exists some debate about the origin of the name. One argument has the town being named after another Mount Holly, this one located in southern New Jersey. Quaker heritage linked the two communities. Numerous Quakers first settled Mount Holly, New Jersey; and a large percentage of the first residents of Jackson's Gore also belonged to the sect.

The combination of dairy and harsh Mount Holly winters prompted farmers to adopt a style of architecture rarely found in western Vermont. Known as "continuous architecture," this featured a number of farm buildings interconnected with the farmhouse. The arrangement permitted farmers to travel indoors during the winter and not be exposed to the cold temperatures and snowy conditions so prevalent in the region. [1][2]

Historical Data

Town Histories

History of Mount Holly, Vermont, Carroll R. Tarbell, 1987.  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 Mount Holly 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 Mount Holly. For location of cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Rutland County, website at this link.

  • Carlton Cemetery
  • Hortonville Cemetery
  • Mount Holly Cemetery
  • New Mechanicsville Cemetery
  • Old Mechanicsville Cemetery
  • Packer Cemetery
  • Tarbellville Cemetery

Churches

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 Mount Holly Town Clerks Office. These include Town and vital records, 1792-1907, and Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1857-1995.

Mount Holly Town Clerk
PO Box 248
Mount Holly, VT 05758
Phone: (802) 259-2391
Website: http://www.mounthollyvt.org/town-services/town-office/

Newspapers

Rutland Herald online at this link.

Libraries and Historical Societies

Mount Holly Town Library
26 Maple Hill Road
Belmont , Vermont 05730
Phone: (802) 259-3707
Email: mthollylibrary@gmail.com
WWebsite: http://www.mounthollyvt.org/library/

References

  1. Mount Holly: Trains, villes and one wooly mammoth, Don Wickman, Rutland Herald Newspaper, Oct. 6, 2006.
  2. History Rutland County Vermont, Edited by H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann, Syracuse, NY, 1886.

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