Bridgewater, Windsor County, Vermont Genealogy

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Historically, the largest religious groups in Vermont were the Congregational, Baptist, Roman Catholic, and Methodist churches. For general information about Vermont denominations, view the New Hampshire Church Records wiki page.

To see the churches in TOWN, visit.

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. The following are church records available online for the town of TOWN:

City Directories[edit | edit source]

Land Records[edit | edit source]

The following are online land records for the town of TOWN:

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

The following are online maps of the town of TOWN:

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In Vermont, most probate records are kept at the town level. The following are online probate records for the town of TOWN:

Town Histories[edit | edit source]

Town Records[edit | edit source]

In Vermont, most records are kept at the town level and generally began being kept at the founding of the town. These records may include the following:

  • Births
  • Marriages
  • Deaths
  • Burials
  • Cemetery records
  • Appointments
  • Earmarks
  • Estrays (stray animals)
  • Freemens' oaths (men eligible to vote)
  • Land records
  • Mortgages
  • Name changes
  • Care of the poor
  • School records
  • Surveys
  • Tax lists
  • Town meeting minutes
  • Voter registrations
  • Warning outs (of town)

The following are TOWN town records available online:

Town Clerk[edit | edit source]

The town clerk is responsible for these records, and so most originals can be found at the town clerk's office.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Births[edit | edit source]

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Deaths[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Brief History[edit | edit source]

Bridgewater was chartered on July 10, 1761. The town was organized and the first town meeting held on March 30, 1785.

Bridgewater was a well named town even before any bridges were built. Records show that in 1879 there were 73 bridges over ten feet in length.

These bridges were covered to protect the floor of the bridge from the effects of the weather. When the winter snow arrived and wagon wheels had to be changed to runners, it was then necessary to pay someone to “snow” the bridges for easy passage.[1][2]

Historical Data
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Town Histories
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Bridgewater, Vermont, 1779-1976, by Gladys S Adams and Thomas E Adams (2005) - Find this book in a library.

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

Probate Records
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The probate district for Bridgewater is Hartford.
Hartford Probate Court
62 Pleasant Street
PO Box 275
Woodstock, VT 05091
Phone: (802) 457-1503

City Directories
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1869 map of Bridgewater Town, Bridgewater Center, Bridgewater Corners

1869 map of Bridgewater

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

  • Angell (Bridgewater Hollow) Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Baker Hill (Bridgewater Center) Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Bridgewater Hill Cemetery- inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Kellogg (Kellogg-Bassett) Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Mendall Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Mount Pleasant Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • North Bridgewater Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.
  • Topliff Cemetery - inscriptions at Find A Grave site.

Bridgewater cemetery pages where you will find cemetery information and inscriptions courtesy of the Bridgewater Historical Society -

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1. Bethany Mennonite Church
    169 Rte 100A
    Bridgewater Cors, VT 05035
    Phone: (802) 672-3488

2. Bridgewater Congregational Church
    7213 Rte. 4
    PO Box 4
    Bridgewater, VT
    Phone: (802) 672-5211

Town Records
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Digital images of Bridgewater Town records, 1773-1869, are available online at FamilySearch.

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Bridgewater Town Clerk's Office. These include Deeds, 1781-1894; index, 1781-1898and Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1868-1997; indexes to births, deaths, marriages, 1773-1997.

Bridgewater Town Clerk
7335 U.S. 4
Bridgewater, VT 05034
Phone: (802) 672-3334

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Rutland Herald Newspaper

Libraries and Historical Societies
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Bridgewater Historical Society, Inc
PO Box 98
12 North Bridgewater Road
Bridgewater, Vermont 05034
Phone: (802) 672-3745

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Bridgewater Historical Society - Town History tidbits -
  2. History of the Town of Bridgewater, VT,

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